State anxiety and cortisol reactivity to skydiving in novice versus experienced skydivers.

  title={State anxiety and cortisol reactivity to skydiving in novice versus experienced skydivers.},
  author={Olivia A Hare and Mark A. Wetherell and Michael A. Smith},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
Previous studies have suggested that skydiving, a naturalistic stressor, is associated with increases in self-reported stress, anxiety and cortisol levels. However, it has not been established whether this stress reactivity is altered as a function of repeated exposure to skydiving. This is of interest due to previous observations that cortisol reactivity becomes habituated with repeated exposure to laboratory stressors, however, few studies have investigated such habituation to naturalistic… CONTINUE READING
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