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Acute Stress & Behavior (new study Fall 2010 to Spring 2011)

The PAHA Lab is conducting a study to better understand how physiological stress response influences decision-making behavior and health. We hope to publish our findings in either Psychosomatic Medicine or Psychoneuroendocrinology.

We are seeking to include a total of 90 healthy, non-smoker men between the ages of 18 and 30 years to participate.


This study involves participating in an upsetting and stressful computer task involving viewing shocking, repulsive, disturbing, horrific, lewd, erotic, or gory images and words. Most people will find this 25-minute task difficult, unpleasant, upsetting, and stressful. You should not participate in this study if have any history of mental or psychiatric problems including: depression, anxiety, bipolar, autism, schizophrenia, phobias, ADHD, any personality or obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, learning disorder, brain or head injury or any other psychiatric disorders. If you think you might be vulnerable to stress or mental health issues, you should NOT participate in this study.

Participation will involve a single 110-minute visit to the PAHA Lab, and participants will be paid $20 for their time.

If you fit the selection criteria described above and are interested in participating, please fill out the 24-item screening questionnaire and read the Consent Form for Participation in the study, which provides more details about the study. If you are eligible, you will be able to schedule a time to visit the Lab to participate.

Contact Us:
Phone #: (413) 545-3592