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Stress is an old, old companion

 A nice short piece on “The Prehistory of Stress” by Matt Ford at Ars Technica (newly designed site worth checking out). I have heard people say, on multiple occasions, that they think stress is a modern, Western phenomenon. While the psychological phenomenon known as stress has only had a formal name for just over 80…

More or less alongside my piece on depression’s wiring diagram, this months’ Scientific American Mind has a piece I wrote on how social hierarchies develop among rats. Darlene Francis, a psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, placed 80 newly weaned rats in cages of four, with cage mates matched for size, activity level and…