Self-Reported and Physiological Measures of Stress Responses
Trauma-related stress has implications affecting cognitive functioning and daily performance. This can disrupt a person’s ability to handle stress and may be a factor for attaining mental or physical diseases. Several physiological responses to stress include changes in: breathing, palm sweat, heart rate, and blood pressure. The goal of the study is to compare the physiological stress of mental math to self-reported stress levels. We predict that there will be a marked difference between the physiological data and the participants’ responses. These results may have applications in the clinical environment, as well as in educational and occupational fields.