Stress News

Mindfulness Training Can Help Soldiers Cope with Stress

February 12th, 2015
New research finds that mindfulness training (MT) during predeployment may protect soldiers against attentional lapses and mind wandering -- critically important given their high-stress, often dangerous jobs. "Soldiers are experts at standing at attention," said neuroscientist Amishi Jha, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of ...

Loneliness Linked to Chronic Illness

February 12th, 2015
A new study finds that the onset of a chronic illness results in people feeling lonelier, even for those who have had a steady partner for 50 years or more. A chronic illness is a health condition expected to last all one's life, ...

Mouse Study Finds Low-Serotonin Brains Susceptible to Stress

February 11th, 2015
Duke University researchers have discovered that mice genetically deficient in serotonin are more vulnerable than their normal litter mates to social stressors. Serotonin is an important brain neurotransmitter and is a chemical often implicated in clinical depression. Researchers found that following exposure to stress, ...

Many Insecure Folks Seek Facebook Feedback

February 10th, 2015
New research suggests Facebook is a busy venue for those who are generally insecure in their relationships. Investigators found insecure people are often very active on the social media site, frequently posting on walls, commenting, updating their status or "liking" something, in hopes of ...

Brain Marker May Predict Later Stress-Related Depression

February 7th, 2015
Monitoring activity in the amygdala -- the part of the brain that detects and responds to danger -- can help determine who will become depressed or anxious in response to stressful life events, according to a new study. More importantly, the research could lead ...

Good Neighbors Key to Surviving A Crisis

February 7th, 2015
New research confirms what many of us already know: The more you know your neighbors, the better off you will be when disaster strikes. For their new study, researchers from the University of Arizona School of Anthropology found that communities that were more ...

Stress Influences the Perception of Pain

February 6th, 2015
New research finds that acute psychosocial stress dramatically reduces the body's ability to control pain. Tel Aviv University researchers applied acute stress tests on a large group of healthy young male adults to evaluate the behavior of the body's pain management systems prior ...

Brain Imaging Can Predict How Well Psychotherapy May Work for Depression

February 5th, 2015
New research shows that brain scans can predict which patients with clinical depression are most likely to benefit from a specific kind of talk therapy. University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine researchers believe that brain scans could ultimately be used as ...

Religion Can Help Women Cope With Sexual Assault

February 5th, 2015
Many college women who have been sexually abused not only fear their attackers or those similar to them, but often have trouble trusting anyone after being assaulted. A new Baylor University study suggests religion can help victims cope with the emotional fallout. The study is published ...

Unwanted External Influences on How We Think

February 4th, 2015
New research shows that our stream of consciousness is more susceptible to external stimuli than had previously been proven. In the study, San Francisco State University investigators asked participants to look at a common image but avoid thinking of the word that corresponds ...