Last updated on July 2018

Neural Indications of Stress-Induced Mental Overload

Brief description of study

This aim of the current research is to characterize the complex interaction between stress and cognitive workload. Furthermore, we aim to create a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) inspired Electroencephalogram (EEG) brain-based bio-marker for cognitive load under stress.

Detailed Study Description

Research in the past years on stress and its influence on cognitive workload suggest that their relationship is not simply linear. On one hand, stress disrupts the processes of attention, memory and complicated decision making. While on the other hand, stress response allows the individual to recognize threats quickly, react accordingly, return the body to homeostasis, and prepare the organism to future challenges. However, it is still unclear why different individuals deal with cognitive workload under stress differently, and which brain mechanisms are underlying these processes.

In this current research the use of non invasive imaging techniques, such as EEG and fMRI, in addition to physiological measurements, such as heart rate, skin conductance, and eye movements, will allow an objective characterization of the individual's response to cognitive workload under stress.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03585205

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