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Alexa narrowly avoided a deadly car accident.

Why will the return from her fear response to a normal, calmer state take several minutes rather than be instantaneous?

A

Although the further release of stress hormones is halted, the hormones already released in her bloodstream will linger.

B

The sympathetic nervous system is slower to respond than the parasympathetic nervous system.

C

It takes longer for the heart rate and blood pressure to increase in a crisis than it does for them to decrease once the crisis is over.

D

Due to natural selection, our bodies tend to prefer highly aroused states and are reluctant to return to normal.

E

Because Alexa is a female, she secretes more stress hormones than a male, explaining why it takes longer for her to become calm.

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