Washington: Women who read negative news remember it better than men do, suggesting that they have increased sensitivity to stressful situations, researchers say.Sonia Lupien and colleagues from the University of Montreal, Canada, exposed groups of men and women to a succession of headlines drawn from recent newspaper articles.One group viewed only ‘neutral’ news, while the other group was shown news perceived as ‘negative’.After reading the news, participants performed a standard psychological stress test.Researchers monitored participants’ stress levels during the process by measuring salivary levels of cortisol - a stress hormone.The authors of the study found that though reading negative news did not increase stress for any of their subjects, women exposed to negative news had higher cortisol levels after the psychological stress test exposure than did men who saw the same negative news, and also higher than either men or women who saw ‘neutral’ news.
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