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Contagious stress part 2: From adult to adult

We all talk about how stress is contagious, wondering if we can get it from that stressed-out co-worker. But did we ever guess we could get it from a TV monitor? A new study says yes, and has found proof that watching someone else under stress can cause stress in you. We’ll talk to the author of that study, Dr. Veronika Engert, from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, about her findings. We’ll also be speaking with Dr. Tony Buchanan of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Stress Lab from the Psychology Department of Saint Louis University about his study on secondhand stress; and Dr. Michael Baime, head of the Penn Program for Mindfulness.

More resources: Chronic Stress Resources from the APA

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