University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

The Lion in Your Lover's Eyes

Norton School UA doctoral candidate Rebecca Reed is studying how an individual’s immune system responds to psychological stressors, such as an argument with a close relationship partner.

When we fight with a romantic partner and our stress levels rise, we know our fear is based on emotion and that the only real threat we face is the possibility of a wounded heart.

But to our bodies, the threat can seem as real as an approaching lion, which sets into motion a response that could have long-term impacts on our health.

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