Is A Little Stress A Good Thing For The Brain?
If you’re basically a low-stress type, but your life is punctuated by short-lived stressors (a.k.a. acute stress), new research suggests that your brain may be the better for it. It seems that acute stress may actually be healthy, since it helps boost the production of new neurons. In particular, neurons may arise in the hippocampus – a part of the brain responsible for memory, and one that is highly sensitive to the effects of stress, both acute and chronic. Previous research has pointed at the benefits of “good stress,” but the new study outlines an actual mechanism for the chain of events that trigger the birth of baby neurons.