November 2016
 
Sarah Pressman, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, is quoted in The Atlantic over the
purpose of stress, noting why experiencing stress was intended to protect humans from danger.
 
From The Atlantic:
 
For all its potential harm, stress is not all bad. “Stress as stress is functional,” says Sarah Pressman, an associate
professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine. “You don’t want to feel calm and
happy when a tiger jumps at you. You have to activate the right systems to make you run away [from danger].”