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The Science of Stress: From Psychology to Physiology


Stress is our natural reaction to physical or emotional pressure, encompassing everything from too much work to being tortured. But how does stress affect our memory, mood and thinking? And what effect does stress have on our overall health? Vincent Walsh and a panel of experts investigate.

Vincent Walsh is a neuroscientist at University College London interested in finding out how the brain works. He is particularly fascinated by the the things we take for granted, like dealing with stressful situations.

Joe Herbert is interested in the role of the brain in adaptive responses, with particular reference to the reciprocal interaction between hormones and the brain. He is a Professor at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge.

Shane O’Mara is Professor of Experimental Brain Research in Trinity College Dublin. His research focuses on the relations between cognition, synaptic plasticity and behaviour, in the context of brain aging and depression.

Julie Turner-Cobb is Professor of Psychology at Bournemouth University. She researches the effects of psychosocial factors, particularly stress, coping and social support, on endocrine functioning across a range of acute and chronic health conditions in adults and children.

[Video and text source: The Royal Institution YouTube channel]