3615 The Cognitive-Affective Science of Chronic Illness Management: It Isn't All Genes

Saturday, February 19, 2011: 10:00 AM
102B (Washington Convention Center )
Howard Leventhal , Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Medical practice in primary care settings calls for both biomedical and psychosocial expertise. The Common-Sense Model (CSM) of Self-Regulation describes the processes underlying how people represent illness threats and treatments, and how individuals generate action plans within their environments (e.g., adhere to treatment). We will provide an overview of the CSM, how it describes the mechanism underlying health actions including the interplay of automatic and deliberative processes building on basic themes in cognitive science and neuroscience.
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