Category Archives: Stress

Analyzing Past Failures May Boost Future Performance by Reducing Stress

Researchers report writing about past failures can lower the stress response and enhance performance when faced with a new stressful task. Insights from past failures can help boost performance on a new task — and a new study is the … Continue reading

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Stress may be just as Unhealthy as Junk Food to Digestive System

We all know that a poor diet is unhealthy, but a new BYU study finds that stress may just as harmful to our bodies as a really bad diet. In a new paper published in Nature Scientific Reports, BYU professor … Continue reading

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Stress Diminishes Our Capacity to Sense New Dangers

NYU researchers report stress can lead to a diminished ability to predict new dangers. Being under stress diminishes our abilities to predict new dangers that we face, a team of psychology researchers finds. Its work runs counter to the conventional … Continue reading

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How the sound of nature helps us relax

Playing ‘natural sounds’ affects the bodily systems that control the flight-or-fright and rest-digest autonomic nervous systems, with associated effects in the resting activity of the brain, new research shows. The gentle burbling of a brook or the sound of the … Continue reading

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Pet dogs help kids feel less stressed

Pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they’re stressed, according to a study by researchers, who were among the first to document stress-buffering effects of pets for children. Pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they’re … Continue reading

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What’s right with children who grow up in high-stress

Researchers say children’s unique traits could be used to tailor education, jobs and more effective interventions. More attention should be given to what’s right with children who grow up in high-stress environments, suggests a study, so their unique strengths and … Continue reading

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Childhood Stress in Contemporary Society

Don’t let your own reaction to stress negatively affect the children in your care! With new evidence indicating that undesirable stress is likely to have its roots in childhood, Childhood Stress in Contemporary Society is a much-needed resource for anyone … Continue reading

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Stress for the mother affects the baby through amniotic fluid

If the mother is stressed over a longer period of time during pregnancy, the concentration of stress hormones in amniotic fluid rises, as proven by an interdisciplinary team of researchers. Short-term stress situations, however, do not seem to have an … Continue reading

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Stress negatively affects chances of conception

Women who reported feeling more stressed during their ovulatory window were approximately 40-percent less likely to conceive during that month than other less stressful months, research shows. Highly-stressed women 40-percent less likely to conceive during ovulation window What many have long … Continue reading

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Long-term stress erodes memory

Sustained stress — such as that experienced in bad marriages or when working for a beastly boss — erodes memory, and the immune system plays a key role, according to a new study. Sustained stress erodes memory, and the immune … Continue reading

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