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Stress, persoonlijkheid en fysiologie

Niehoff, Friederike (2014) Stress, persoonlijkheid en fysiologie.

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Abstract:Stress consists of subjective and physiological components. The subjective experience of stress does not always match the physiological response to stress. To examine whether the personality dimension extraversion affects the correlation of these two factors an experiment was conducted. 62 participants were divided into two groups based on their personality. They went through the Trier Social Stress Test, a test designed to induce moderate to intensive psychosocial stress. Throughout the study the electrodermal activity (skin conductance level) was measured to quantify the physiological response to stress. The subjective stress level was measured by means of the Stress Visual Analogue Scale. The expectation was that there would be a correlation between the subjective stress level and the skin conductance level. This expectation couldn’t be confirmed. Furthermore it was expected that the extrovert participants could assess their own stress level better than introvert participants. There was a tendency that confirms this hypothesis. But there was significant difference between the correlations of both groups.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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