Investigating health, wellbeing and social processes

Main Contact: Professor Daryl O’Connor

Laboratory for Stress and Health Research (STARlab)

Pre-test relaxation, stress induction and recovery suites
STARlab has the facilities to induce laboratory-based stress such as the Maastricht Acute Stress Test and the Trier Social Stress Test.

Data entry room

Two-way mirror viewing facilities

Ambulatory physiological monitoring equipment

Spacelabs ambulatory blood pressure monitors (ABPM) record systolic and diastolic blood pressure, heart rate and mean arterial pressure in real time. We use these ABPM to investigate within-person and between-person processes linking daily psychological factors (e.g., daily stressors) with changes in blood pressure levels.

Cortisol testing and assessment facilities

High-level computing, video and audio-recording equipment, together with blood pressure and heart rate equipment

80 degree freezer for secure storage of human tissue samples