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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Black Box Trading

As psychological factors affect endocrine expression, frustration displacement informs me to will my stress into vortices; thus I quietly attenuate glucocorticoid elevations.1

Similarly, putting worries in a box is analogous both to allowing rats to escape electric shock so as to enable their immune function relative to those who receive the same amount in fetters and to that allostatic loads build and subside as stressors are perceived for the time being.2

1Sapolsky, Robert. "Human Behavioral Biology." Aggression III. Stanford Courseworks. Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Web. 20 Nov. 2011. ‹›.
2Sapolsky, Robert. Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers. Updated. New York: W.H. Freeman and Company, 1998. Print.


  1. The real question is WHY so many different stimuli act as stressors upon the body, from obvious ones, like tantrum throwing children, to the less obvious ones, like noise in the city and waking up early.

    Wouldn't it make sense from an evolutionary standpoint to minimize cortisol elevation, what function does cortisol really have in the body anyways, I'm sure you have an answer..

  2. Stress is the preparation of the body to meet demands. Stress can captivate your focus, normal cortisol necessary for wakefulness.

    Further, an epinephrine antagonist inhibited memorization while a cortisol antagonist improved it.

    PS Stress is a bigger issue when your blood viscosity is low, although the theoretical ministrokes caused by liberal supplement use are insignificant compared to their relative safety to alcohol.