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Observations on Stress, from a Parent of a CHD Warrior

by Nicole Jung on Friday, Oct 21, 2022

I recently listened to a talk given by Maya Shankar, a renowned cognitive scientist with a concentration in behavioral science. While discussing how programmed we are to avoid uncertainty and how much stress that uncertainty causes us, she highlighted a study from 2016 that found when subjects were given a 50% chance of receiving a painful electric shock, they were significantly more stressed than those subjects who were given a 100% chance of receiving a painful shock. It is the uncertainty that generates increased levels of stress and anxiety more than the actual problem being addressed.

As the parent of a CHD warrior, this resonated with me—just as I imagine it might with many of you.

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