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Testing the ecological validity of the Trier Social Stress Test: Association with real-life exam stress

Henze, Gina-Isabelle ; Zänkert, Sandra ; Urschler, David F. ; Hiltl, Tanja J. ; Kudielka, Brigitte M. ; Pruessner, Jens C. ; Wüst, Stefan


The Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) is the most widely used laboratory stress protocol in psychoneuroendocrinology. Despite its popularity, surprisingly few attempts have been made to explore the ecological validity of the TSST. In the present study, 31 young healthy subjects (24 females) were exposed to the TSST about 4 weeks before completing an oral exam on a separate day. Salivary cortisol ...


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