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Psychopathy and stress immunity

Is stress immunity (complete absence of anxiety or worry and an ability to perform equally well under pressure as under no pressure) a sine qua non of psychopathy? I'm curious about the DSM-V's AMPD &...
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Alternatives to still-face paradigm for eliciting several levels of emotional stress in infants and their caregivers

I'm designing an experiment for assessing parental verbal utterances to 7 months old infants under emotional stress. Surely, still-face paradigm is the first choice for a stress inducing context. But ...
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Do beta-blockers prevent ability to learn by reducing neuroplasticity?

Learning is fundamentally linked to epinephrine, acetylcholin and dopamine. Do heart pressure medication like beta blockers block these processes to some extent by reducing epinephrine?
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What is the timeframe of the Yerkes–Dodson law?

What is the timeframe of the Yerkes–Dodson law? The Yerkes–Dodson law is defined this way (Wikipedia): The Yerkes–Dodson law is an empirical relationship between pressure and performance, originally ...
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Are the alternative models to the Yerkes–Dodson law legit?

The Yerkes–Dodson law is defined this way (Wikipedia): The Yerkes–Dodson law is an empirical relationship between pressure and performance, originally developed by psychologists Robert M. Yerkes and ...
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What are the symptoms of over stress?

What are the symptoms of over stress? I define "over stress" as the state where the amount of stress hormone has exceeded an optimal threshold for performance, and where the arousal is very ...
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What is the difference between chronic stress and anxiety?

The answers of this question, which are partly based on this website, explain that a prolonged stress is called anxiety. But that is also the definition of chronic stress. So what is the difference ...
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Tears help remove chemical imbalances caused by stress?

Crying is a natural response to grief and loss. I don't think anyone would deny that. Whether it is an important part of the grieving process is debatable according to some circles, though. Should you ...
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What are the best questionnaires to measure stress before and after use of VR application?

I am making a VR application for my master thesis where people enter a virtual "rage room". I want to check if enhancing VR with the use of haptic feedback, gloves in this case, helps to ...
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Parasympathetic dominance in a state of alertness and elevated resistance?

According to various sources The parasympathetic nervous system remains dominant in the resistance stage of the general adaptation syndrome The body resists and compensates as the parasympathetic ...
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What is Cortisols role in a chronically activated fight-flight-freeze response?

It is my current understanding that cortisol is released 20-30 minutes after the initial release of adrenaline to a stressor if the stressor has not been dealt with. (Source: '20 - 30 minutes' and 'a ...
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Understanding the difference between stress and anxiety with goal directed behaviour

I'm currently writing a paper and one of the points is about cognitive performance being impeded on in general anxiety disorder patients. The issue I have is that I found a great paper: The stressed ...
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Will long term high stress generally inhibit attraction or interests in new romances?

Regarding the sort of long term stress that makes a person tense and unhappy on a daily basis for months, and how this affects that persons interest in new social connections. I have read several ...
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Can EXTREME distress push a person who already suffers from General Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder into a more severe mental condition?

I recently finished reading Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl which explores some of the psychological explanations behind surviving something as horrific as concentration camps. I would like ...
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What are the ways to measure stress levels regularly at home?

What methods are available for collecting data on a human's stress levels? That is, suppose someone wanted to collect weekly/daily/hourly readings of their stress levels (e.g. in order to use the data ...
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Can stress situations force people to smile?

I've seen many times in my life how people occasionally smile when trying to remain calm under huge stress regarding natural disasters, deaths, big losses, etc. It happened to me also. Everything I ...
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Anxiety-induced itch: what is the mechanism?

Some people when get anxious become itchy. I wonder how that itch is triggered and works. Does it start as a reaction of the peripheral nervous system to stress-related chemicals like cortisol? Or it ...
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Effect of deniable encryption on willigness to give up secrets under torture

Suppose a person is tortured and can choose to give up secrets or not. What effect would a situation have in which the person cannot prove that they gave up all their secrets? Would a person give up ...
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Does replacing social media use with solitary activities alleviate loneliness?

Many studies about problematic social media use have suggested that social media increases loneliness. The typical hypothesis given is that social media displaces time spent in face-to-face social ...
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Does being sporty affect a person's reaction to emergency situations?

I have always been quite sporty, and I tend to remain relatively calm and composed in emergency or high stress situations. From my personal experience, people who are quite sporty and have been in ...
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How are IQ test scores affected by psychological stress or trauma?

Does mental stress or trauma have a significant impact on IQ test performance relative to baseline, and if so, how much? For example, if a person is affected by abuse, bullying, neglect, or some other ...
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Why does journaling seem to reduce stress?

When searching methods to reduce stress and discussing my problems with people I know, it was suggested to me that I journal thoughts, that is write down what worries me elaborately on paper. I ...
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Emotional Calculator; How can I mathematically show a decrease in anxiety using an emotional equation?

Disclaimer- I had asked this question in the Math stack exchange, but was encouraged to ask it here. I'm working on creating an emotional calculator of sorts, for personal use, wherein, whenever I am ...
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How stressful was life when we lived in small tribes, in comparison to today?

When comparing the stress level of today's life to earlier times, intuition may say: The world is so much more complex today, of course, it's more stressful now. But there is certainly a bias in the ...
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Is exercise considered a 'fight-flight' situation by our brain?

When you do heavy exercise like running, your heart rate, and breathing increases, is it because of the sympathetic nervous system controls it? Or the Sympathetic nervous system only activates on the ...
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Using the Brain too much?

The question is under what conditions can we overuse our brain? To be concrete lets focus on mental tasks like coding and math problem solving. Q1: How many hours of "fun"(i.e. stressfree) problem ...
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Research correlating stress/boredom with eating/comfort-seeking?

Imagine a few common stressful situations that we all go through: Being struck in traffic Having to wait for a bus, train... Going through security/immigration control at an airport Purely an ...
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Rates of parental burnout for parents with ASD children/disability

In a question from Academic SE, there was a description of parent's of a student on the spectrum refusing to be contacted by the university. I suspect that his parents may be suffering from burn out/...
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Is there a mental health disorder related to a harmful lack of anxiety and stress?

Ataraxia is the freedom from distress or worry in ancient Greek philosophy. However, emotions play a vital role in motivation and decision making. Many disorders relate to having excessive emotional ...
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Question about interrole conflict

Katz & Kahn defined the interrole conflict as a conflict between two roles that are incompatibles, or when more than one person has the same role. I had a question today in an exam about role ...
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Is 'your mom will be sad' actually a good argument to pose to someone thinking of committing suicide?

I often come across people pointing out that the close relatives of someone who is thinking about committing suicide will grieve, as an argument against doing it. However, I've noticed that it is ...
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Stress vs. Testing

I was reading somewhere and found that there are various levels of stress depending on time. It said that when under stress for 30 mins, memory is not as efficient. So I have two questions here. A- Is ...
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What is the medical term for semi-mindless activities to help reduce anxiety? ... such as gardening, mowing, cleaning... perhaps driving

What is the medical term for semi-mindless activities to help reduce anxiety? ... such as gardening, mowing, cleaning... perhaps driving. I recall that, maybe, the word asynchronous was part of the ...
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Getting useful readings out of GSR sensors while moving?

I'm currently thinking about a project that would involve using a GSR sensor and an Arduino (Probably the Grove GSR Sensor) to measure Stress levels in a person. It will not be a research project, ...
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Can calmness happen during the fight-flight response?

In the question How do certain individuals, like Quang Duc, develop the ability to remain calm when enduring significant nociceptive pain?, one answer says that it was the high level of cortisol that ...
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How does emotional stress cause skeletal muscle rigidity?

It is believed that when we are under stress our skeletal muscles tense up. However I am unable to explain why.Emotional stress is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system which has effects only ...
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Is there any research about effect of unfamiliar environment on stress?

It seems intuitive to me that there is some kind of stress when one is put in an unfamiliar place (There's probably effect on cognitive abilities too). However, I can't find any paper in psychology ...
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Programmer: Effects of pauses on stress

I'm a programmer by profession. In the course of my daily routine, I observe that I'd have to frequently "wait" for the computer to do something, before I can continue with my work. Empirically, I'd ...
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How to counteract the deterioration of speech in stutterers by targeting sympathetic arousal?

I am quoting a good overview from a Quora member about the reasons why people stutter when exposed to stress: ...The underlying physiological basis of why stress provokes stuttering has been ...
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What causes muscle stiffness contraction and tension during stress

What causes muscle contraction in times of stress? People say it's caused because of fight or flight response is activated, but this not exact. I am looking to find the direct cause, i.e is it a ...
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Cortisol in Generalized Anxiety Disorder: is there a consensus?

I've seen some recent papers that find elevated cortisol in GAD patients, particularly in older ones, and that SSRI medication lowers cortisol in such GAD patients. However I also found an older study ...
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Is stimming only limited to people with autism or other disabilities or do neurotypical people stim as well? Is stimming always a symptom? [closed]

I've been diagnosed with anxiety. I tend to do certain things when I'm nervous or stressed. Like tap my foot. Just two years ago, I've started biting myself when I think of stressful situations or ...
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Does the Perception that Stress Affects Health Matter? The Association with Health and Mortality

I recently came across the following paper: Keller, A., Litzelman, K., Wisk, L. E., Maddox, T., Cheng, E. R., Creswell, P. D., & Witt, W. P. (2012). Does the perception that stress affects health ...
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Is the effect of music on stress just due to beat entrainment?

Different music genres have different beat and rhythm patterns. The lower beat and rhythm frequencies are similar to the frequency of heartbeat and this relax us. However in my opinion, it's relevant ...
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What happens with stress, if there's distraction before a story reaches it's end?

I remember reading of a study where children were told stories. During the telling of the story tension rose and the heart rate increased. After the story was over the heart rate went back to normal. ...
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Can the stress response from neonatal circumcision cause cognitive impairment? [closed]

Numerous studies have shown that severe early life stress can cause long term cognitive and learning impairments (ex. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3050094/) But I have not found any ...
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Is post-traumatic stress disorder preventable?

Victims of abuse, people exposed to violent situations repeatedly, and people in war zones can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result. PTSD is very common and has lifelong effects ...
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Is there any evidence that less thinking about the future improves mental health?

Recently I heard a lecture about the philosophy of minimalism and the rethor argued that it's better not to think much about what you're going to do in the near future for example in the form of ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that receiving angry emails increases stress levels?

There are plenty of helpful descriptions of how to avoid angry emails. The reasoning is largely that it doesn't solve the problem. That is, sending an email whilst angry causes more problems for you ...
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Has there been a study comparing stress level or burnout between different occupations that provide therapy?

For instance consider psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, family/marriage therapists, occupational therapists (in some places they can provide therapy), professional ...
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