The Ecological Validity of Laboratory Stress Testing

  • Lorenz J. P. van Doornen
  • J. Rick Turner
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


Hyperreactivity of the cardiovascular system has been implicated as a risk factor for the future development of hypertension and coronary heart disease. At the present time, this assertion has the status of a plausible hypothesis; confirmation, or otherwise, rests with the outcome of longitudinal studies, such as those discussed in Chapter 15. Since it will be several years before data from some of these studies are available, where should attention be directed in the interim? One strategy is to focus on the relationship between responses seen in the laboratory and those evidenced in real-life situations.


Ambulatory Blood Pressure Heart Rate Response Cold Pressor Cardiovascular Reactivity Cold Pressor Test 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorenz J. P. van Doornen
    • 1
  • J. Rick Turner
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of PsychophysiologyFree University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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