Stress response coherence : does self-perceived stress and its interaction with physiological measures depend on the kind of stressor?

Guddorp, Daniela (2017) Stress response coherence : does self-perceived stress and its interaction with physiological measures depend on the kind of stressor?

[img]
Preview
PDF
1MB
Abstract:It is often assumed that the experience of stress correlates with physiological measurements of stress, a concept referred to as response coherence. While these correlations are often addressed in literature, the existence of response coherence remains controversial among researchers. This study discusses these inconsistencies and aims to make a contribution in understanding coherence. Therefore, this study examines whether the correlation between self-perceived stress and physiological measures exists, and if so, if these correlations depend on the type of stressor. A social stressor (the Sing-a-song Stress Test), an environmental stressor (a noise stress test) and a cognitive stressor (the beauty contest game) as well as baseline relaxation periods were presented. During the experiment, electrodermal activity, heart rate and self-perceived stress were measured. For each stressor, at least one correlation between a physiological measure and self-perceived stress was found. The environmental stressor showed correlations for every used measurement. However, the differences in correlations between the three stressors were not significant. This experiment cannot decisively conclude whether response coherence exists. However, it seems that response coherence does not vary on the type of stressor. The results can help giving directions to future studies that aim to detect the underlying mechanisms in stress coherence.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72225
Export this item as:BibTeX
EndNote
HTML Citation
Reference Manager

 

Repository Staff Only: item control page