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Tag: Hormones

  • Stress in your mind: mind the stress?

    Stress in your mind: mind the stress?

    Severe stress can affect our somatic well-being – but is part of this stress created in our minds? A recent meta-analysis on the link between worrying and the physiological stress response suggests that worrying does indeed affect our heart and hormones.
  • Decision making in the game of life

    Decision making in the game of life

    Jonathan Barnhoorn | | 0
    Recent research has revealed a causal link between serotonin levels and people’s ‘sense of fairness’. A fascinating discovery because serotonin levels are in part dependent on what we eat. So, can you eat yourself toward a fairer world?
  • Can you ‘pose’ your way to success?

    Can you ‘pose’ your way to success?

    Tina van Dam | | 1
    Have you ever wondered why is it that sometimes you perform extremely well at presentations or job interviews while at other times your brain seems to freeze? Your performance in such tasks depends on the levels of two hormones: testosterone and cortisol.
  • Alcohol and adolescents: why do teens drink?

    Alcohol and adolescents: why do teens drink?

    Recently the Dutch government proposed to raise the legal drinking age from 16 to 18. High levels of alcohol use in adolescence are related to alcohol dependence later in life. Recent research shows that also pubertal hormones play a role.
  • Sexual pheromones: myth or truth?

    Sexual pheromones: myth or truth?

    Lorenza Colzato | | 7
    Valentine’s Day is the day of love. Especially nowadays, pheromones are advertised and sold as cologne or perfume in order to stimulate attraction between people. However, the question is: do sexual pheromones really exist, and how good are they?