February 28, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Nearly 80 years ago, another Montreal researcher Hans Selye made an important discovery: that a hormone, released from the adrenal gland, marked the balancing act of a body adjusting itself to any noxious assault. In the 1968, it was discovered that this 'stress' hormone could particularly wreak havoc in the brain, especially in structures that coordinate species memories, fear conditioning and social behavior. With over half a century of inquiry, and a tremendous volume of data converging on the conclusion that social hierarchy and poverty give rise to social and health adversity, we are left asking how/whether these findings have influenced our culture and policy/politics.