“Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers”
By Dr. Robert Sapolsky, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. He will be talking about his experiences and research on human stress. As he explains in his book, “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers,” our bodies’ stress response evolved to help us get out of short-term physical emergencies - if a lion is chasing you, you run. But such reactions, he points out, compromise long-term physical health in favor of immediate self-preservation. Unfortunately, when confronted with purely psychological stressors, such as troubleshooting the fax machine, modern humans turn on the same stress response.