The Huhman lab studies how brief exposure to social stress can change brain circuitry to alter future behavior. The social stress that we study is largely psychological; thus, we are more interested in how psychological stress alters behavior than in how physical stress or injury might do the same. This is important because many humans experience high levels of social stress, and this exposure is known to cause or exacerbate a variety of diseases or psychopathologies such as heart disease and mood and anxiety disorders. We believe that developing a better understanding of how social stress changes the brain will allow us to discover better ways of treating stress-related disorders. Please click on Research to learn more.