Is Superhero Strength Real?

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Reactions Science Videos | September 10, 2019

You’ve 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 what’s possible.


Understanding stress response

Extreme fear and superhuman strength

Gut-Brain Axis

Adrenomedullary response to maximal stress in humans.

Brain correlates of stress-induced analgesia

Science and Practice of Strength Training


Our brain’s adaptation to stress

Circulating catecholamines

Endorphins in fight or flight

Endorphins and morphine

Ever wonder why dogs sniff each others' butts? Or how Adderall works? Or whether it's OK to pee in the pool? We've got you covered: Reactions a web series about the chemistry that surrounds you every day.

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