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Work Meets LifeExploring the Integrative Study of Work in Living Systems$
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Robert Levin, Simon Laughlin, Christina De La Rocha, and Alan Blackwell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014120

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014120.001.0001

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Responding to the Challenges of the Environment: Stressors, the Brain, and Work

Responding to the Challenges of the Environment: Stressors, the Brain, and Work

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(p.187) 9 Responding to the Challenges of the Environment: Stressors, the Brain, and Work
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Work Meets Life
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Steven Maier

Robert Levin

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014120.003.0009

This chapter develops the link between environmental challenges to animals, such as stressors and infection, and the work they perform. It discusses how responses to stressors directly affect capabilities to perform work. It demonstrates how responses to stressors have come to use mechanisms that originally evolved to fight infection. The implications for responding to stressors in the environment are reported. This chapter shows that the responses to stressors are directly associated to the demands for energy conservation and energy mobilization under stress and to the need to integrate these two competing demands within a limited energy supply.

Keywords:   animals, work, stressors, infection, environment, energy conservation, energy mobilization, energy supply

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