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Stress & happiness: adventures in human adaptability, by AIAS Co-fund Junior Fellow Djuke Veldhuis, Aarhus University

24.02.2015 | Projekt sekretær ARC Mia Korsbæk

Dato ons 04 mar
Tid 14:00 15:00
Sted AIAS, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, building 1632, room 203.

As part of the Arctic Seminar Series, Djuke Veldhuis gives a presentation at AIAS. All are welcome.

Abstract: In broad biological terms, stressful experiences are an inevitable part of the struggle for survival. Since there is variable success in this struggle, we can conclude that an analysis into the variability of individual responses to stress sheds light on adaptive strategies. I will detail results from fieldwork in Papua New Guinea where hormonal and behavioural data were collected in combination with socioeconomic, health and lifestyle information to compare human populations subject to various degrees of modernisation. A move away from traditional subsistence based activities; increasing reliance on so-called ‘western life-style values' and changing health patterns expose vulnerable population to high levels of stress with only limited time to adjust. This talk will go on to discuss planned research assessing cross-cultural responses to stress in European, African and Arctic populations.