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Stress – Defining and Measuring Stress

4. Measuring Stress

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In this lecture, we think about how stress can be measured, focusing in particular on: (i) why it may be difficult to assess levels of stress through observation or self-report; (ii) different measures researchers have developed to address these issues; (iii) standardised self-report questionnaires, including the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS) and the Hassles and Uplifts Scale (iv) physiological markers used to measure stress, such as galvanic skin response, cardiovascular activity and cortisol levels.


In this course, Dr Sarita Robinson (University of Central Lancashire) explores the topics of defining and measuring stress. In the first lecture, we think about how we can define stress. In the second lecture, we think about how the body responds to stress. In the third lecture, we think about the impact stress has on our health and well-being. Next, we think about different methods of measuring stress. In the fifth and final lecture, we think about how we can manage and cope with stressful situations.


Sarita Robinson (Psychology BSc - Lancaster University; Cognitive Sciences MSc - Manchester University) completed her PhD in Cognitive and Neuroimmune Responses to Threat at Lancaster University before joining the School of Psychology at UCLan in 2005. Sarita’s research interests mainly focus on cognitive neuropsychology and psychobiology in relation to people in survival situations. Sarita is also interested in the link between dental health and Alzheimer’s disease, the health benefits of Green space and Post-Traumatic Growth after trauma. Sarita is also passionate about science communication and undertakes extensive public engagement work.

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Robinson, S. (2019, November 28). Stress – Defining and Measuring Stress - Measuring Stress [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Robinson, S. "Stress – Defining and Measuring Stress – Measuring Stress." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 28 Nov 2019,

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