Women Emotionally Strong To Negative News Than Men, says Research
A study has recently put women stronger in emotional reactions to negative news as comparative to their men counterpart. The findings of the study said that after reading negative news, women act more strongly and remember it better than men do.
Published in PLoS One, the study was performed by a team of experts under the guidance of Ms. Sonia Lupien from the University of Montreal, Canada. In their research, researchers provided both the groups of women and men with a sequence of headlines to read from current newspaper articles.
They divided all the subjects into two groups, one of which was shown neutral news and the other was provided with negative ones followed by standard psychological stress tests and measurement of their salivary levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
After running all the above procedures in line, they were able to monitor the volunteers' stress levels and noticed that exposure to negative news did not affect any of the participants' stress. Moreover, the females reported higher cortisol levels after the stress test as compared to the males in the group that was exposed to negative news.
"What we saw is that the cortisol did not increase in response to the news reading, but the women who read the negative news and then were stressed with the psychosocial stressor were more reactive to that stressor," explains Marie-France Marin, the lead author of the study.
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