Few of us will succumb to cholera, smallpox or scarlet fever. Instead, we die from diseases of Westernized lifestyle, which are often diseases worsened by stress. When the stress-response is mobilized by the body because of a typical mammalian stressor (e.g., a sprint from a predator), it is highly adaptive. However, when activated in the classic manner of Westernized humans (i.e., chronic psychosocial stress), it is pathogenic. The presentation will consider this dichotomy, as well as new directions of research needed for understanding the neurobiology of stress and stress management.
- Dialogue 1316 sessions
- November 8, 2005Dar Constitution Hall, Washington, DC