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The integral criterion of emotional stress

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The purpose was to establish an integral criterion of degree of stress Single components of measurement of degree of stress were measured as heart rate (HR), arterial pressure (AP), and respiration rate (RR). In two separate studies, one employing 117 Wistar rats in which there was an experimental vs. three control group conditions. The second study involved 36 women and 12 schoolboys on whom the three criteria of stress were measured. By means of correlational analyses, it was concluded that a decrease of AP, HR, and RR crosscorrectional coefficients were the most informative integral characteristics of degree of stress. These conclusions are applicable for scientific evaluations of human stress conditions and for human emotional conditions in practical conditions. Proceeding from these results, a method for the objective evaluation of human emotional stress in everyday and professional activity was developed and is available from the authors.

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Sudakov, K.V., Yumatov, E.A. & Tarakanov, O.P. The integral criterion of emotional stress. Int J Stress Manage 3, 37–46 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01857887

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  • Heart Rate
  • Stress Condition
  • Respiration Rate
  • Arterial Pressure
  • Emotional Condition