Heroes are born, not made

Professor Deane Aikins, a psychiatrist at Yale University, said a small minority of individuals remain cool even in the most stressful circumstances.

His findings, based on research with the military, found that some individuals did not panic because their body naturally protected them.

Unlike the majority of people who were flooded with a stress hormone, they had much lower levels and also showed signs of another hormone that actually calmed them down.

Full story in the Telegraph (hat tip to Post-Conflicted).

Now, I’m no brain scientist (now there’s an understatement) but isn’t it possible that life experiences and environment shape one’s chemical responses to stimuli? Scientists out there: we need your help.