Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Obrist, Paul A

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_1704

Biographical Information

Paul A. Obrist was born on June 17, 1931. He received his B.S. degree from Cornell University in 1953 and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1958. His graduate training included 2 years of clinical psychology at the Veterans Administration and a 2-year teaching assistantship, assisting in the teaching of introductory personality, child, and abnormal psychology. He also had extensive predoctoral research experience, culminating in his thesis research, “An Investigation of the Claim of Autonomic Discrimination Without Awareness and the Relationship of GSR Conditioning to Measures of Skin Conductance.”

Obrist held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Fels Research Institute from June 1958 to June 1960. His specialty area was psychophysiology, working under the guidance of John Lacey. He then moved to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1960 as an assistant professor of psychology in the department of psychiatry. He progressed to associate...

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References and Readings

  1. Allen, M. T., Sherwood, A., & Obrist, P. A. (1986). Interactions of respiratory, and cardiovascular adjustments to behavioral stressors. Psychophysiology, 23, 532–541.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  1. 1.Cardiovascular Safety, QuintilesDurhamUSA