Second Hand Stress—-Is it contagious?
July 07, 2014 | Posted in Tuesdays With Transitions | Be the first one to comment
Does simply being near, or watching, stressful situations make you uncomfortable?
A team at Saint Louis University recently created “secondhand stress” to study whether it could be as contagious as a cold. They had strangers observing a man nearby who was defending himself against a false accusation. The question: Would the stranger catch the accused man’s stress?
After measuring the stranger’s heart rates and cortisol levels, the researchers found that a person could catch another person’s stress, even if they had never met.