Campus Units

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Virtual Reality Applications Center, Mechanical Engineering

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

5-14-2020

Journal or Book Title

Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience

Volume

14

First Page

63

Research Focus Area(s)

​Operations Research, Ergonomics and Human Factors

DOI

10.3389/fnbeh.2020.00063

Abstract

Do physical and psychosocial stressors interact to increase stress in ways not explainable by the stressors alone? A preliminary study compared participants’ stress response while subjected to a physical stressor (reduced or full physical load) and a predetermined social stressor (confronted by calm or aggressive behavior). Salivary cortisol samples measured endocrine stress. Heart rate variability (HRV) and electrodermal activity (EDA) measured autonomic stress. Perceived stress was measured via discomfort and stress state surveys. Participants with a heavier load reported increased distress and discomfort. Encountering an aggressive individual increased endocrine stress, distress levels, and perceived discomfort. Higher autonomic stress and discomfort were found in participants with heavier physical load and aggressive individuals. The results suggest a relationship where physical load increases the stressfulness of aggressive behavior in ways not explainable by the effects of the stressors alone. Future research is needed to confirm this investigation’s findings.

Comments

This article is published as Abdelall, Esraa S., Zoe Eagle, Tor Finseth, Ahmad A. Mumani, Zhonglun Wang, Michael C. Dorneich, and Richard T. Stone. "The Interaction Between Physical and Psychosocial Stressors." Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience (2020). DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2020.00063. Posted with permission.

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Language

en

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