Seeing a Sick Person Makes Your Immune System Stronger<br />By Arianne Lapidus, Lily Cohen, and Arielle Colen-Landy<br />
The Theory<br /><ul><li>A new study suggests that seeing someone or something that might potentially could cause you to get sick causes your immune system work harder
"These enforcers of your immune system help fight off pathogens", says Mark Schaller from the University of British Columbia who conducted the research.</li></li></ul><li>The Study<br /><ul><li>At the University of British Columbia a study was conducted where volunteers were shown two 10 minute montages over the span of two days.
The first of two contained mundane objects like furniture.
The second one was two choices: a disease montage, showing people afflictions of all kinds or a war montage of guns
Before and after the slide shows, a blood sample was taken from each person. A small amount bacteria was added to the blood sample, then the researchers tested the strength of the person's immunity.</li></li></ul><li>The Results<br />The study revealed that people who had been looking at the disease montage had a stronger immune reaction than the one's who had looked at the gun or furniture montage<br />
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