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Behavior plays key role in disease development and control, according to 10-year prospective review

early results for such things as pain management, teen smoking, problem drinking, and eating disorders. Interactive technologies, including laser discs, virtual reality and CD-ROMS have enormous potential in the area of long-distance assessment and treatment efforts. Virtual reality provides patients with opportunities to immerse themselves in highly realistic and challenging treatment environments that are difficult to replicate in treatment settings, such as exposure to combat scenes for veteran's suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder.

The collection of 27 articles follows prior special issues on behavioral medicine published in the same journal in 1982 and 1992. The current special issue coincides with the Decade of Behavior, a multidisciplinary initiative to focus talents, energy and creativity of the behavioral and social sciences on meeting many of society's significant challenges.


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Contact: David Partenheimer
dpartenheimer@apa.org
202-336-5706
American Psychological Association
23-Jun-2002


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