Human Health and Performance

Helping people by putting theory into action


Human physiological and behavioral science have long sought a detailed understanding of the processes underlying health and performance.

The range of questions guiding research in this broad area include the following:

• How do physiological systems contribute to the quality of life?
• What factors that influence development, and how?
• What kinds of interpersonal (families, peers, spouses) and affective processes undermine physical and mental health?
• How do specific physiological and psychological systems and factors interact in health and disease?

This approach to studying life has led to many remarkable discoveries and quite often to improved diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, as well as strategies that promote improved health and performance.