Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, professor of psychiatry and behavioral health at Ohio State University College of Medicine, will present the keynote lecture, “How stress kills: The damage and some remedies,” at 3:30 p.m. on April 24 in the Ruth Pike Auditorium, room 22, in the Biobehavioral Health Building on the University Park campus. The lecture is part of the Second Annual Founder's Endowment for Excellence and Innovation Research Day, hosted by the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development.
Researchers in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State found that sleep quality and quantity at night is affected by that day’s stressors, and that -- in a cyclical effect -- sleep hours and quality affect daily stressors the next day. The findings, from two separate studies, may have implications for both individuals and families, especially families in which one or both parents work outside the home.
The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have released a social and emotional learning brief—Teacher Stress and Health: Effects on Teachers, Students and Schools—the first in a 10-part series. This first brief examines the causes and consequences of teacher stress—a growing problem with nearly one-half of teachers reporting high daily stress and more teachers leaving the profession than ever before.
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, and to help students relieve stress and mentally prepare for finals week, Beck Psychotherapy in State College is holding a de-stress event from 4 to 8 p.m. April 27 in its office at 103 E. Beaver Ave. Students attending the event will be able to paint masks as part of Beck Psychotherapy’s Mask Project, enjoy free food from D.P. Dough, and relax with Beck’s puppy mascot, Gracie.
Bruce McEwen, professor of neuroscience at Rockefeller University, will present the keynote lecture, “Experience Shapes the Brain Across the Lifecourse: Towards a Scientific Basis of Policy and Practice,” as part of the first Founder’s Endowment for Excellence and Innovation Research Day at 3:30 p.m. April 25 in the Biobehavioral Health Building on the University Park campus.
Richard J. Davidson, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will present "Order and Disorder in the Emotional Brain" on April 8. The talk will focus on how people respond to emotions and how those responses affect resilience.
Research projects in the College of Health and Human Development focus on the idea that the social and emotional development of children cultivated early on are predictors of success.
Idan Shalev, assistant professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State, is a 2015 recipient of the Rising Star Award, presented by the Association for Psychological Science. Shalev has been recognized for his innovative work in genetic markers of stress and aging.
A treatment known as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) may decrease fasting glucose and improve quality of life in overweight and obese women, new research suggests.
Stress comes in many forms, and whether you have a large event to plan, seven lab reports due in one week, or you just lost your job, we all respond to it differently. But have you ever wondered why?
Events of adolescence can change individuals in dramatic ways that persist well into adulthood, according to a study by Penn State researchers, who used rats as a model for investigating long-term effects of stress.
Contrary to popular perception, stressors don't cause health problems -- it's people's reactions to the stressors that determine whether they will suffer health consequences, according to researchers at Penn State. "Our research shows that how you react to what happens in your life today predicts your chronic health conditions and 10 years in the future, independent of your current health and your future stress," said David Almeida, professor of human development and family studies. "For example, if you have a lot of work to do today and you are really grumpy because of it, then you are more likely to suffer negative health consequences 10 years from now than someone who also has a lot of work to do today, but doesn't let it bother her."
We've all had days when it seems like a million little stressors add up to one big bad mood. We've heard that stress isn't good for our health—that it raises our blood pressure, gives us indigestion, and causes us to become depressed, for example. So should we just avoid stressors as much as possible? The answer, according to David Almeida, professor of human development and family studies, is no.
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's Christopher Sciamanna, M.D., M.P.H., is seeking volunteers who experience a lot of stress who are interested in decreasing their stress and improving their well-being.
Women may be more likely to have heart trouble symptoms from being stressed than men, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine.