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The presence of a spouse or partner may help reduce the physical effects of psychological stress, according to a recent study published in Psychophysiology.

Subjects participated in a test designed to increase stress by irritating the cardiovascular system. Participants were asked to complete an increasingly difficult test of adding pairs of sequential numbers.

One group completed the test alone, while the other was accompanied by a spouse or romantic partner. Blood pressure and heart rate reactions were monitored before, during and after the subjects were tested.

The results indicated that female participants whose spouses or partners were present during the test had a noticeably reduced heart rate and blood pressure level compared to those who took the test alone. While the presence of a spouse or partner did not reduce the heart rate observed in men, a lower blood pressure level was observed.

“Our findings indicate that there may be significant biological correlations between stress-management and the presence of a loved one,” said Douglas Carroll, author of the study, in a press statement. “The causes of these relationships will require further examination.”

Psychophysiology reports on new theoretical, empirical and methodological advances in: psychology and psychiatry, cognitive science, cognitive and affective neuroscience, social science, health science and behavioral medicine, and biomedical engineering. It is published on behalf of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.

Join the Carbondale Recreation Department for a day at the Grand Junction Mall from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. Space is limited. Register at the Carbondale Recreation Department.

On the second and fourth Monday of every month, beginning Jan. 8, any senior interested in participating in the book club can meet at the Gordon Cooper Library at 10 a.m. Short essays by Andy Rooney and others will be read and discussed.

Community residents are asked to please bring in their no-longer-needed eyeglasses to any of the Aspen, Basalt, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Avon or Eagle Community Banks of Colorado. Collection dates are through Jan. 26, after which time the glasses will be sent to a distribution site and sent all over the world. For information, call 945-7045.

Literacy Outreach seeks volunteers to tutor people who are eager to improve their reading, writing and math or English speaking skills. Volunteers need at least two hours of time a week to work one-on-one with an adult, the ability to read and speak English, and a desire to help someone who wants to learn.

Volunteer information sessions will be held in Glenwood Springs on Jan. 8, in Carbondale on Jan. 11 and Rifle on Jan. 16. All sessions will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the local library. These informal and brief presentations will provide details about Literacy Outreach’s volunteer tutoring program. Please call Literacy Outreach at 945-5282 for more information.

Anyone interested in planning for retirement may attend an Edward Jones Investing in Action Program, “Perception vs. Reality: How to Stay Focused on What Matters,” to be held at 10:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 in the Riverside Professional Building, 2700 Gilstrap Court, Suite 170, Glenwood Springs.

This interactive event is presented at select Edward Jones branch offices nationwide via the firm’s private video network.

Seating is limited, please RSVP by calling 928-7145.


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