A Broken Heart:
Our Physiological Response to Loss
A virtual workshop with Dr. Mary-Frances O'Connor,
University of Arizona
Thursday, February 8th from 3:00 - 4:00 pm.
Research demonstrates that we really can die of a broken heart. From investigations in her Grief, Loss, and Social Stress (GLASS) lab at the University of Arizona, Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor looked at mechanisms that might contribute to dying of a broken heart by assessing blood pressure reactivity waves of grief elicited in the lab. A randomized clinical trial from her lab demonstrated progressive muscle relaxation training helped to reduce grief and yearning among bereaved people, pointing to the embodied nature of grief.
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