Stress During Cognitive Tasks
Tomiyama, A. Janet
Description of Research Project:
The Dieting, Stress, and Health (DiSH) Lab under the supervision of Dr. A. Janet Tomiyama is conducting a study to investigate participants' stress responses while they are cognitively engaged. This study uses both physiological and biological measures of stress, such as heart rate and cortisol. Participants are asked to complete tasks that involve public speaking and mental arithmetic, and we are interested in how their performance on these tasks change as they receive stressful feedback.
Description of Student Responsibilities:
Research assistants are responsible for prepping and executing lab studies, running subjects, collecting and managing data (including saliva sampling for cortisol and other biological measurements), video analysis of the subjects while they are cognitively engaged to correlate and connect stress responses, and organizing samples and results. Research assistants are expected to work at least 8 hours per week doing these tasks and to attend mandatory weekly meetings with Dr. Tomiyama, the project coordinator, and fellow RAs to discuss the progress of the studies and any complications that arise with the studies.