The role of distraction and trait worry in the process of recovery from stress
12 / 2009 - 12 / 2013
Although recovery from stress is an essential part of a healthy life style, the process of recovery is not yet well understood. Particularly the impact of repetitive stressor-related thoughts on prolonged physiological activation even in the absence of immediate stressors, has been disregarded. By employing experimental and field methods, in this project we will investigate (i) how recovery unfolds in terms of stressor-related thoughts, negative and positive affect, and cardiovascular activation, (ii) how exposure to distracting stimuli may facilitate recovery, and (iii) how recovery may develop differently for individuals who differ in their tendency to worry.