Health Effects of Stress

Social Experiences Affect Our Genes and Health

Prevailing wisdom suggests that our genes remain largely fixed over time. But, an emerging field of research is beginning to prove this intuition wrong. Scientists are uncovering increasing evidence that changes in the expression of hundreds of genes can occur as a result of the social environments we inhabit. As More

Social Rejection Could Affect Body’s Immune System, Study Suggests

The Huffington Post: We all know that rejection seriously hurts — and now a new study shows how it could actually be bad for our health. Scientists from the University of British Columbia, Brandeis University and the University of California, Los Angeles have found that social stressors could affect our More

Repeated Exposure to Media Images of Traumatic Events May Be Harmful to Mental and Physical Health

From 24-hour cable news to YouTube and Twitter, today’s mass media can turn local disasters into international events within minutes, and research reveals that widespread transmission can have a traumatic impact far beyond the people who are directly exposed. More