Making sense of stress: An evolutionary- developmental framework

Marco Del Giudice, Bruce J. Ellis, Elizabeth A. Shirtcliff

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In this chapter we present an evolutionary-developmental framework for individual differences in stress responsivity, the Adaptive Calibration Model (ACM). We argue that the core propositions of the ACM provide a context for the integrative biological analysis of the stress response system, exemplified by Tinbergen's "four questions" of mechanism, ontogeny, phylogeny, and adaptation. We then show how the ACM can be used to generate novel predictions on respon- sivity profiles in humans and their development across the life span.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdaptive and Maladaptive Aspects of Developmental Stress
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781461456056
ISBN (Print)9781461456049
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Neuroscience


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