Archive for the ‘Stress’ Category

Research that Changed Research: General Adaptation Syndrome

When we face immediate danger, our bodies go through a physiological reaction to help us handle stress very quickly. This reaction is known as your “fight or flight” stress response. The stress response not only increases your heart rate and blood pressure, but also slows down digestion, growth, and reproduction while it numbs pain and […]

Virginia Guest Blogs: Top 10 Benefits of Meditation!

By Virginia Cunningham When we get sick, we know doctors can offer us medicine to cure us physically. But Health Psychology tells us we need to consider the mind as well. A depressed person is much more likely to develop a cold. Extra stress at work can lead to high blood pressure. If your mind can […]

Research that Changed Research: Stress and Telomere Length

Take a look at the United States Presidents (See photos). From the start of their term to the end, their appearances change dramatically. This is a perfect demonstration of how in just 4 to 8 years, chronic stress contributes to years of aging on the skin, gray hairs, drooping eyes, wrinkles, and even balding spots. […]

Hungry? How to avoid the Snickers…

This post is from DiSH Lab intern Rachel: Your finals week Snickers bar craving may not be purely from stress. While typical comfort foods are characterized as high in fat and calories and low in nutrition, a recent study from right here at UCLA shines a new light on “stress eating.” The study recruited 59 UCLA students, presenting […]

Stress and poor health behaviors don’t always go hand in hand…

We often assume that stress triggers poor health decisions and behavior… Snacking on more junk food than usual. Overeating. Not going to the gym as much. But according to Wendy Wood from USC, we are just as likely to fall back on healthy, good habits under stress as we are to “self-sabotage.” In other words, […]

Pets with Benefits!

With project deadlines, budget cuts, and poor job performances, it is no wonder many people consider the workplace to be a stressful environment. But have no fear, your best friend is here! Published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, a preliminary study conducted by Randolph Barker (yes that last name is for real) […]

Chloe Guest Blogs: Feeling the ‘burn’

This Guest Blog is from Chloe Tagawa, one of Dr. T’s Health Psychology students: No not the burn from working out; we’re talking about job burnout, which results from “high stress, heavy workload, a lack of control over job situations, a lack of emotional support, and long work hours.” A study at Tel Aviv University has found a link […]

Isaac Guest Blogs: Are final exams bad for our health?

The Guest Blog Post is from Isaac Park, one of Dr. T’s Health Psych Students: Finals are almost here at UCLA, and this is a hectic time when everyone’s diet, exercise regimen, and healthy lifestyle initiatives take a tailspin. This recent study investigated just this, looking at the effects of academic stress on health behavior in […]

Take a deep breath

Stress is a pivotal component of the DiSH Lab’s research (the “S” after all does stand for “stress”). Measuring physical stress, however, can be a complicated process, as the most common methods – saliva, blood, and hair – all involve biological sample collection, storage, and [oftentimes expensive] assays. Good news is that new research from […]

Danni Guest Blogs: Stress eating in children

Danni Ji, one of Dr. T’s Health Psychology students, guest blogs again!: In this recent study, researchers tested children to see how stressed they would get by delivering a speech or performing a mathematics task. They measured stress through salivary cortisol before and after the task. After the task, the children participated in an eating […]