(NaturalPath) According to a new study our of Tel Aviv University published in PLOS ONE suggests the new genetic research and brain imaging technologies will help understand the brain, how it regulates our stress response and help us understand how our brain creates a personal profile of resilience to stress.
The researchers think, “Their findings may lead to a future blood test that would facilitate preventive or early intervention in professions prone to high stress or trauma (combat soldiers and policemen, for example).
One researcher noted, “This is perhaps the first study to induce stress in the lab and look at resulting changes to three levels of the stress response – neural (seen in brain imaging), cellular (measured through epigenetics), and experience (assessed through behavioral report).”
“We found that vulnerability to stress is not only related to a predisposition due to a certain gene,” said another researcher. “The relevant gene can be expressed or not expressed according to a person’s experience, environment, and many other context-related factors. The research was conducted on 49 healthy young male adults.
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