"I climbed out of the drivers window and saw that his leg was under the car, so I grabbed the sun roof visor, and lifted the car six or seven inches to get it out" said Kyla Smith, a 23-year-old 5' 7" woman from England. An article from the BBC ( ) described how this woman lifted a car 20 times her weight, a feat few people could pull off themselves.
In the article a psychologist said that when such traumatic events happen to a person, "What happens in an emergency is that all your physiology gets into gear and you can do things that are really quite superhuman."
This epic phenomenon that this psychologist speaks of is the effects of adrenaline, a hormone created in the adrenal gland and part of the sympathetic nervous system.
I've always been curious about adrenaline and how and why it does what it does. The most recent chapter in the Psych textbook talks about adrenaline's effects:
-It contracts our heart and constricts our blood vessels to provide more blood to the body
-It opens our airways to allow more air in
-It breaks down fat into fatty acids to provide more fuel
-It breaks down carbs into glucose which gives our muscles a jolt of energy
-It opens our pupils to enable better sight during emergency situations
The sympathetic nervous system releases adrenaline in dire situations to give us a natural advantage against whatever it is that we face. It's like beast mode, and I find it particularly interesting.