Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Biomarkers in Applied Psychology – Potential & Pitfalls

Lightning Talks are short, focussed presentations of no more than 15 minutes. Each session has two Lightning Talks, and is chaired by a Discussant, guiding a short audience inclusive discussion of the theme of the talk.

Karen O Leary will speak about the usefulness of incorporating psychophysiological measures in studies of stress responding. The talk will specifically focus on biomarkers of stress, including cortisol, blood pressure, heart rate and heart rate variability. Conceptual and methodological advantages and challenges of these incorporating measures in applied psychological research will be discussed. Issues of ecological validity in relation to the measures and the laboratory stress paradigm will also be discussed.

Gillian Murphy will discuss the CARS Study (Cardiovascular Activity in Response to Stress), currently being conducted in the Driving Simulation Laboratory in the School of Applied Psychology. This study looks at driver stress in response to an immersive, realistic driving task. Biological measures used in this study include cortisol, heart rate variability, heart rate and blood pressure. Driver performance (e.g. speed, lane position, reaction time to hazards), risk taking, inattentional blindness and reported stress levels are also recorded. The talk will focus on the methods employed in this study and the potential pitfalls of biopsychology research.

Dr Rachel Sumner, Stress and Health Lab, University of Limerick will also take part (discussant).

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Location: Room G7&8, School of Applied Psychology, Cork Enterprise Centre, North Mall
Target Audience: All are most welcome.
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Emma Hurley

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