>>Theresa Bierer: Many students from the school
of social and behavioral sciences will be
presenting at the upcoming undergraduate symposium.
Inside NAU’s Brandy White recently met with
some psychology majors who are studying the
effects of stress on the body.
>>Dr. Melissa Birkett: The World Health Organization
has identified stress and anxiety as a primary
>>White: The researchers hope to prove that
natural remedies, such as cinnamon may be
an effective way to treat stress and anxiety.
>>Kerisa Shelton: Anxiety is a really big
problem but anxiety medications tend to be
really expensive or difficult to get, you
have to have the prescription. Whereas we’re
working with cinnamon.
>>Manihi Kontnik: You will now have ten minutes
to prepare a five minute speech.
>>Birkett: So we had volunteers come in and
they either received cinnamon or placebo capsules.
And we asked them to do a little public speaking
>>Girl: My ideal job would be…
>>Shelton: We also have a math task, which
is pretty difficult so it tends to make people
a little bit anxious.
>>Kontnik: Sequentially subtract 13 from 1022
for five minutes
>>Shelton: We test to see how these physiological
measures display anxiety or hopefully in the
cinnamon condition, hopefully they won’t display
as much anxiety. We’re trying to improve the
human condition and so for these people who
suffer from really bad anxiety, if we can
find an easier way for them to cope with that.
Then that’s a great thing, especially with
something thats as available as cinnamon
>>Kontnik: You know, it is something you just
have at home, ya know? It’s something you
can put in your tea or you know you’re oatmeal
or whatever it is.
>>Shelton: It’s a lot cheaper, it’s phytopharmaceutical
so it’s more available.
>>Birkett: The community here in Flagstaff
is fairly open to alternative medicine, so
we’re also in an area where we’ve got a lot
of community members who are interested in
that as well.
>>White: It’s important to remember the research
these undergraduates are doing has far reaching
effects that go well beyond the classroom
>>Birkett: The students that you interviewed
they both have been given extended offers
to graduate school where research will be
an important component.
>>Kontnik:I think that’s a testament to what
we’re doing; ya know we’re actually doing
>>Shelton: Answering questions and doing it
scientifically and figuring out what the worlds
Some psychology students have been conducting experiments on how natural remedies, such as cinnamon, impact stress levels.