Researchers have found a link between word choice and stress
Researchers have found a link between word choice and stress
Psychologists have found that language changes reflect better whether people are stressed than self-questionnaires that are typically used today. Importantly, they also found a clear link between word choice, such increased use of “real” and “incredibly” during stress, and stress-induced gene expression changes in the immune system. Although the biological link between speech and gene expression has not been unravelled yet, the researchers suggest that physicians should not only pay attention to what patients say, but also to how they say it, to assess stress.

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Scientific publication: Mehl, M. R. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 2017 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1707373114