Stress

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Burnout and the Brain

Burnout is not just a state of mind. Psychological research shows it to be a condition that leads to distinctive changes in the anatomy and functioning of the brain… More

  • Which social skills go out the window when folks become groggy? What stressors make for lousy sleep... More

    Sleep and Social Stress: A Two-Way Street

    Which social skills go out the window when folks become groggy? What stressors make for lousy sleep... More

  • Brain imaging research suggests that our ability to do “cold” math calculations may be connected with our ability to regulate “hot” emotions... More

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    Mental Flexibility May Buffer Against Emotional Stress

    Brain imaging research suggests that our ability to do “cold” math calculations may be connected with our ability to regulate “hot” emotions... More

  • Psychological scientists have uncovered an alarming link between chronic stress and cellular aging. The length of our telomeres, the protective caps at the tips of our chromosomes, may foretell health risks... More

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    The Long and the Short of It

    Psychological scientists have uncovered an alarming link between chronic stress and cellular aging. The length of our telomeres, the protective caps at the tips of our chromosomes, may foretell health risks... More

  • Psychological research confirms that smartphones are indeed creating a new kind of stress for people at home, at work, and in social settings... More

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    The Psychological Toll of the Smartphone

    Psychological research confirms that smartphones are indeed creating a new kind of stress for people at home, at work, and in social settings... More

  • Teaching teens that social and personality traits can change helps them cope with social challenges such as bullying, which can help mitigate stress and improve academic performance... More

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    For Teens, Learning That Personalities Change Buffers Against Stress

    Teaching teens that social and personality traits can change helps them cope with social challenges such as bullying, which can help mitigate stress and improve academic performance... More

  • Providing help to friends, acquaintances, and even strangers can mitigate the impact of daily stressors on our emotions and our... More

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    Helping Others Dampens the Effects of Everyday Stress

    Providing help to friends, acquaintances, and even strangers can mitigate the impact of daily stressors on our emotions and our... More

  • Men and women both provide strong support to their partners, but women tend to do a better job of being supportive under stressful situations... More

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    Stress Affects How Men and Women Provide Support to Partners

    Men and women both provide strong support to their partners, but women tend to do a better job of being supportive under stressful situations... More

  • You probably don’t need statistics to appreciate the pervasive role of stress in American life, but the numbers are there... More

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    The Roots of Stress

    You probably don’t need statistics to appreciate the pervasive role of stress in American life, but the numbers are there... More

  • Researchers find that the impact of stress on decision-making, including risk aversion and antisocial behavior, increases over the course of the first hour after a stressful event. ... More

    How Stress Drains Decision-Making Over Time

    Researchers find that the impact of stress on decision-making, including risk aversion and antisocial behavior, increases over the course of the first hour after a stressful event. ... More

  • Scientists find that simply encouraging people to reframe the signs of stress before public speaking was a surprisingly effective way of handling stage fright... More

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    Reframing Stress: Stage Fright Can Be Your Friend

    Scientists find that simply encouraging people to reframe the signs of stress before public speaking was a surprisingly effective way of handling stage fright... More

  • When people under stress are making a difficult decision, they may pay more attention to the upsides of the alternatives they’re considering and less to the downsides, studies show... More

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    Under Stress, We Ignore the Negative Possibilities

    When people under stress are making a difficult decision, they may pay more attention to the upsides of the alternatives they’re considering and less to the downsides, studies show... More

  • Natural resilience may not be as common as once thought -- data suggests that many people confronted with a major life-altering event can struggle considerably and for longer periods of time... More

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    Natural Resilience to Major Life Stressors Not So Common

    Natural resilience may not be as common as once thought -- data suggests that many people confronted with a major life-altering event can struggle considerably and for longer periods of time... More

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