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Peggy Zoccola

Peggy Zoccola (standing) works with a test subject

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Science Cafe speaker to discuss the impact of stress on health

Peggy Zoccola to share research on monitoring, reacting to stress

Peggy Zoccola, assistant professor for the Department of Psychology, will address the impact of stress on the body at the next Science Café Discussion, held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the Baker University Center Front Room.

Throughout her presentation, "Stress: Bad Thoughts, Bad Health?" Zoccola will address ways that stress can be scientifically monitored by testing changes in the endocrine, cardiovascular and immune systems. The discussion will also address the link between the body and mind, and the effect this link has on our lives.

Although it is a typical part of life, Zoccola's research suggests there are ways we can overcome stress.

"How we cope and handle this stress is something we may be able to change," said Zoccola.

Science Cafés are venues for students interested in the sciences and engineering to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty, staff and the community in a friendly setting.

More information about Science Cafés can be found here.