Fight or Flight
Indeed, one way that it’s helpful has been known for many decades, thanks to the pioneering work of Hans Selye and for which he received a Nobel Prize. We are programmed to respond to new threats from the environment – such as attacks by predators or surprise assaults by enemies – with the classic, ‘fight or flight’ stress response. These types of alarms cause a prompt release of the hormones, adrenaline and steroids (‘corticosteroids’, that is), which quickly generate the additional energy we will need to escape or confront such threats.
Our lab recently discovered another way in which stress can be helpful in certain situations. [Read more…] about What’s So Good About Stress? Nature Has A Built-In Pharmacy!