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ACADEMICS: Dr Shelley E. Taylor

Shelley Taylor is Professor of Psychology at UCLA and studies the psychological states and psychosocial resources that influence immune functioning and immune-related disorders. In her most recent work, she explores the biological pathways by which the positive effects of self-enhancing beliefs achieve their positive effects on inflammatory responses to stress. She also examines the impact of a “risky” early family environment on adult stress regulatory systems and immune functioning. She is co-author of a landmark paper which identifies stress responses in women which may explain longer lifetimes versus men titled 'Biobehavioral responses to stress in females: Tend-and-befriend, not fight-or-flight'. (Dowonload the paper at http://www.findem.com.au/resources/tendandbefriend.pdf ) Biaographical details and list of research can be found at http://www.cousinspni.org/staylor.htm

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