Modeling Stress and Assessing Reactivity in the Laboratory
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Stress is now a fashionable public concern. However, the concept has been of interest to the medical profession for centuries (Gatchel et al., 1989). At the beginning of the twentieth century, the work of Cannon (1927, 1929, 1935) formalized the notion of stress. Cannon was among the first to use the term stress in a nonengineering context (Carroll, 1992); the terms stress and strain have long been used in the physical sciences. Though a physiologist by training, Cannon was aware of psychological and emotional influences, stating that emotional stress could cause considerable physiological alterations and viewing stress as a potential cause of medical problems.
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