The 'Trier Social Stress Test'--a tool for investigating psychobiological stress responses in a laboratory setting.

@article{Kirschbaum1993TheS,
  title={The 'Trier Social Stress Test'--a tool for investigating psychobiological stress responses in a laboratory setting.},
  author={Clemens Kirschbaum and Karl Martin Pirke and Dirk H. Hellhammer},
  journal={Neuropsychobiology},
  year={1993},
  volume={28 1-2},
  pages={76-81}
}
This paper describes a protocol for induction of moderate psychological stress in a laboratory setting and evaluates its effects on physiological responses. The 'Trier Social Stress Test' (TSST) mainly consists of an anticipation period (10 min) and a test period (10 min) in which the subjects have to deliver a free speech and perform mental arithmetic in front of an audience. In six independent studies this protocol has been found to induce considerable changes in the concentration of ACTH… CONTINUE READING
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