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Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:24

It turns out that not only can catch colds, but also the stress! It is to this unexpected conclusion recently reached by scientists. This news is really somewhat unsettling, but the stress is contagious - it is safe to say scientists from the Institute for Brain Science Max Planck Society and the University of Technology Dresden.

Their study showed that, if we are close to the person experiencing stress, our body also begins to produce the stress hormone - cortisol. The subjects had to solve complex math problems and answer questions, while the other participants watched them and evaluate their actions.

Only 5% of people who perform tasks remained calm - but even then watching them participants experienced the excitement. If a participant and an observer were familiar, in 40% of cases the observer experiencing stress during the experiment. This figure was 10% lower when the participants were not familiar with each other.

Scientists discover stress response observers even when they followed those who carried out assignments from another room or seen them on the computer screen. "This means that the TV programs that show the suffering of the people, can cause stress to the audience," - says Veronica Engert, the author of the work.



"Stress was very contagious." Scientists however, noted that a single stress response does not harm the body, dangerous only chronic stress. "The hormonal response to stress formed as a result of evolution. When you are in a dangerous situation, your body starts to produce large amounts of the stress hormone - cortisol "- explains Engert.

"But if cortisol levels increased steadily - it is not good for our body." So you should not always be in the company of people exposed to stress - whether it's your work colleagues or friends. Take some time and to communicate with positive people, and you will feel much better.


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