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Why physical stress is less stressful than psychosocial

6. March 2020

News from our cooperation partners – Laborpraxis reported:

Cell-free DNA could be a marker with which physical and psychosocial stress can be distinguished. This theory is being pursued by the team from the Department of Genetic Psychology at the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB). Dr. Dirk Moser and Prof. Dr. Robert Kumsta compared the physical reactions of test persons after a sports stress test and a fictitious job interview. Both caused stress hormone levels to rise equally, but cell-free DNA of different origins was found in the bloodstream.

“It could be that, in addition to the hormone system, there is an additional stress communication mechanism via cell-free DNA that no one yet understands,” concludes Robert Kumsta.

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