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Response patterns during the Sing-a-Song stress test

Eijs, V.E.M. van (2016) Response patterns during the Sing-a-Song stress test.

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Abstract:The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between psychophysiological and subjective stress responses, and individual differences in these responses. Previous studies have found mixed results when examining coherence between the different response types. A few variables are thought to influence this coherence. Some researchers have found distinct patterns of psychophysiological responses to stress. These patterns divide individuals in groups with their own typical responses to stress. The Sing a Song Stress Test (SSST) was used to invoke social stress in 154 participants. Heart rate, skin conductance response and subjective stress were measured during five intervals. Firstly, coherence within the automatic system (psychophysiological measurements) but not between the automatic and reflective (or subjective) system was found. Secondly, two distinct response patterns were found when examining skin conductance response. No distinct patterns were found for the other variables. Assuming the two systems are qualitatively different, interventions and training for dealing with stress or high-stress occupations should be aimed at one of both systems. The second finding is of importance to research: examining responses to a certain stressor should take into account the profiles different participants belong to. One stress response might be extreme for one response profile, but not for another.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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