Donnerstag, 24. Mai 2018, 13:15 - 15:00 iCal

New developments in psychosocial stress research

Gastvortrag von Dr. Bernadette von Dawans (Universität Trier)

Liebiggasse 5 (linke Stiege, 2. Stock), 1010 Wien


High intensity or chronic stressors have been shown to have detrimental effects on human health. However, when it comes to acute stress, the effects are ambiguous. The ‘tend and befriend’ response to stress was introduced in 2000 in addition to the well known ‘fight or flight’ theory as a conceptual attempt to describe increases in prosocial behavior after stress. Research has documented that characteristics of the stressors and individual traits are of relevance to explain behavioral differences of the stress response. In order to further clarify the effects of acute stress on behavior and to test stress buffering interventions, standardized stress protocols are needed. The talk will introduce stress inducing techniques for groups as well as current adaptations to specific settings (e.g. EEG) or target groups (children or psychiatric patients). In addition, data of experimental studies using these stress inducing paradigms will be presented.


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Urs Nater


Suzana Canji
Fakultät für Psychologie
Institut für Angewandte Psychologie: Gesundheit, Entwicklung und Förderung