Category Archives: Stress

Physiological dynamics of stress contagion

Can viewing others experiencing stress create a “contagious” physiological stress response in the observer? To investigate second-hand stress, we first created a stimulus set of videos, which featured participants speaking under either minimal stress, high stress, or while recovering from stress. We … Continue reading

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Helping Others Dampens Effects of Everyday Stress

Providing help to friends, acquaintances, and even strangers can mitigate the impact of daily stressors on our emotions and our mental health, according to new research published in Clinical Psychological Science. “Our research shows that when we help others we … Continue reading

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When is Stress good for you?

The subtle flows and toxic hits of stress get under the skin, making and breaking the body and brain over a lifetime. Stress pervades our lives. We become anxious when we hear of violence, chaos or discord. And, in our relatively … Continue reading

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Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play when no one has the Time

In her attempts to juggle work and family life, Brigid Schulte has baked cakes until 2 a.m., frantically but surreptitiously sent important emails during school trips and then worked long into the night after her children were in bed. Realising … Continue reading

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