Recognizing threats is an essential function of the human mind — think “fight or flight” — one that is aided by past negative experiences. But when older memories are coupled with stress, individuals are likely to perceive danger in harmless circumstances, according to a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Classified as: stress, memories, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, Ross Otto
Published on: 8 Aug 2017

"Explosions rocked the main airport and a subway in Brussels on Tuesday, killing at least 26 people." (The New York Times)

Classified as: stress, Rex Brynen, Alain Brunet, Terrorism, Frédéric Mégret, brussels, attacks, terrorist, PTSD, post traumatic, ludwig weber
Published on: 22 Mar 2016

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom

Arctic peoples inherently able to adapt given changes to various non-climatic factors

Classified as: environment, Geography, climate change, stress, James Ford, Nature Climate Change, science and technology, adaptation
Published on: 6 Jan 2016

Transition to parenthood can be a difficult life event. It can have an impact on both parents and on the long-term development of the child. While mother’s "baby blues" have been widely investigated, little research has been conducted on antenatal paternal depression.

Classified as: depression, psychology, stress, father, pregnancy, baby blues, dad, deborah da costa, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
Published on: 5 Oct 2015

The ability to express empathy -- the capacity to share and feel another’s emotions -- is limited by the stress of being around strangers, according to a new study published today in the journal Current Biology.

Classified as: McGill, pain, stress, empathy, Jeff Mogil
Published on: 15 Jan 2015
Classified as: McGill, stress, Radio- Canada, Robert-Paul Juster
Published on: 14 Jan 2015

Professor Nancy Heath’s research team is delivering a face-to-face training of high school teachers and technicians using  a manualized program (StressOFF Strategies for Teens; SOS4Teens) which they developed. StressOFF uses  mindfulness-based stress management techniques. The training starts next week with a two-day session as part of a Ministère de l'éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) Action Research Grant in partnership with the Lester B.

Classified as: ECP, McGill, Mindfulness, stress, Heath, Dept. Educational and Counselling Psychology
Published on: 7 Jan 2015

The number of days an expectant mother was deprived of electricity during Quebec’s Ice Storm (1998) predicts the epigenetic profile of her child, a new study finds.

Classified as: epigenetics, stress, Maternal, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, ice storm, pregnancy
Published on: 29 Sep 2014