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Youve probably heard stories about mothers lifting cars to save their baby trapped underneath--but is that just an urban myth? This week on Reactions we talk about superhero strength and the chemistry behind whats possible.


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Credits:
Producer: Melissa Salpietra
Writer: Samantha Jones, PhD
Scientific Consultants: David Weinshenker, Ph.D.
Executive Producer: George Zaidan

Music:
Adventure Theme - YouTube Audio Library
Hero in Peril - YouTube Audio Library
Saving the World - YouTube Audio Library
7th Floor Tango - Silent Partner

Sources:
Understanding stress response
https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-the-stress-response

Extreme fear and superhuman strength
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/extreme-fear-superhuman/

Gut-Brain Axis
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27512962

Adrenomedullary response to maximal stress in humans.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6496531

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20817354

Science and Practice of Strength Training
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/236454948_Science_and_Practice_of_Strength_Training

Epinephrine
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29489283

Our brains adaptation to stress
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17615391

Circulating catecholamines
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25589262

Endorphins in fight or flight
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5802279/

Endorphins and morphine
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3104618/


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