Sept. 27: Psychology Colloquium discusses stress' effect on health

Quick quiz: Which can be more detrimental to a couple’s physical and mental health, job loss or the ongoing battle over the toilet seat?

Answer: The toilet seat fight, said David Almeida, professor of human development at Penn State’s University Park campus.

Almeida will discuss his research in “The Speedometer of Life: Daily Stress, Health, and Well-Being,” the first presentation in the 2012-13 Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

In contrast to researching the effects of major life events such as death or divorce, Almeida investigates the cumulative consequences of small, every-day stressors such as work deadlines and family frustrations. His findings show that minor, but frequent, stressors in our professional and home lives exert a profound influence on our overall physical and psychological health.

His talk takes place in 180 Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center, 5101 Jordan Road on campus. It is free and open to the public, and free parking will be available in the deck located south of Burke Center, off Technology Drive.

This Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior event is hosted by Penn State Behrend’s bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in psychology degree programs and by the student Psychology Coalition with support from the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach, Research, and Evaluation (CORE), the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the student activity fee.

For additional information about the event, contact Carol Wilson, assistant professor of psychology, at 814-898-6082 or

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Last Updated January 09, 2015