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Differential Effects of Four Stressors on Blood Pressure and Hear Rate,
MILTON S HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER HERSHEY PA DEPT OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE
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The development of a more general theory of stress and performance in work environments requires the determination whether diverse stressors produce different types of stress strain responses in addition to the different levels of response that have been frequently observed. In the present experiment, four stressor conditions are systematically compared in their effects on blood pressure and heart rate responses. It was found that three stressor environments which differed from each other on a number of variables but had a social setting in common produced diverse degrees but similar kinds of blood pressure and heart rate responses. Different kinds of stressor responses were obtained in a non-social video game hand-eye coordination task. It is suggested that if future research extends this finding to the stressor-performance relationship, theories of stress and performance will have to consider complex interactions among a number of relevant variables.
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