Psychology Colloquium Address the Cardiovascular Reactivity Hypothesis

Posted on 9/9/2015 12:39:28 PM

Brian Hughes, professor of psychology and dean of International Affairs at the National University of Ireland, Galway, will present “Personality, Stress Tolerance, and Health: The Cardiovascular Reactivity Hypothesis” on Friday, September 18, 2015, from 3:30–4:30 p.m. in 111 Uhler Hall.

Of all body systems, the cardiovascular system is perhaps the most stress-sensitive. Moreover, each person’s cardiovascular responses conform to stable and individual profiles, making cardiovascular reactivity an effective index of psychological resilience. This talk will examine the current status of research into individual differences in cardiovascular stress tolerance.

Brian Hughes is a professor in psychology specializing in stress psychophysiology. He is the current president of the international  Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR). He has also served as director of the  Centre for Research on Occupational and Life Stress (CROLS) and is a former president of the Psychological Society of Ireland. His research and publications have focused on psychological stress (particularly its impact on cardiovascular psychophysiology, immunity, and health) and on psychosocial moderators of stress processes (such as social support, cognition, and personality). His work on how the human cardiovascular response habituates across repeated stress exposures has been extensively cited. He also writes widely on the psychology of empiricism and of empirically disputable claims, especially as they pertain to science, health, and medicine.

Personal blog of Prof Brian Hughes

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