Summary and Conclusion

An initial impression suggests that stress psychophysiological investigations are simple and straightforward: A resting baseline is measured, the subject is exposed to a stressor, another measurement (or measurements) is taken, the change computed, the results published. In fact, these studies truly are simple in design, but potential pitfalls abound. This chapter has provided a reference that points out the subtleties of the design of these experiments that will lead to interpretable data.

Acknowledgments I would like to thank my colleagues Christine Kapelewski, Gregg Solomon, Tanya Spruill, and Matthew Zawadzki who read versions of this chapter and contributed helpful comments and suggestions. I also wish to acknowledge the important influence on this work of my longtime friend, mentor, and colleague, Thomas G. Pickering, who recently passed away. Preparation of this chapter was supported by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA, Grant HL089402.

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