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Lectures explore relationships and health, May 10-11

Shelley Taylor, a professor of psychology at the University of California-Los Angeles who studies issues related to relationships, stress and health, will deliver a pair of lectures Thursday and Friday, May 10-11.

Taylor will speak at 8 p.m. May 10 in 101 Friend Center on "Fight-or-Flight Versus Tend-and-Befriend: Do Men and Women Cope Differently With Stress?" Her second talk, set for 4 p.m. May 11 in 0-S-6 Green Hall, is titled "Why Do Psychosocial Resources Affect Health Across the Lifespan?"

Taylor studies the impact of social relationships and positive beliefs on physical and mental health. She has proposed the "tend-and-befriend" model for how people respond to stress, which suggests that women are more likely than men to deal with stress by seeking positive social relationships. In addition, Taylor studies how culture shapes individuals' responses to stressful situations.

Taylor is co-director of the health psychology program at UCLA and the director of the UCLA Social Neuroscience Lab. She has written more than 300 journal publications and four books, including "The Tending Instinct: How Nurturing Is Essential to Who We Are and How We Live." Taylor is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Contribution to Psychology Award.

The talks are part of the Department of Psychology's annual Edward E. Jones Lecture Series.

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