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Stress is a complex phenomenon which includes dynamic interactions at biological, behavioral, and social levels. As such, there are various viewpoints in stress research. These include studies looking at how mind and body respond to stress stimuli, what psychological and behavioral factors modulate stress response, and developing effective ways of mitigating the impact of stress in those who suffer from severe stress situation. This symposium will include three presentations from laboratory and field studies: 1) effects of psychological distress on nighttime sleep and its improvement among individuals who experienced a natural disaster; 2) psychobiological determinants of stress, withdrawal symptoms, and relapse among chronic smokers; and 3) stress mechanisms and psychological supports among school teachers. On the basis of these research findings, we will discuss biological and psychosocial factors of stress and future directions of stress research.
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