Biology, Emotions, and Transitions Studies

School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork

The BEATS Lab emphasises the psychobiological approach to understanding behaviours, responses to experience, resilience and individual differences. BEATS Lab projects have examined how mental toughness might buffer a cardiovascular response to stress, how optimism and other positive emotions may be associated with better health at all ages and how testosterone and cortisol levels influence risk taking, aggression and self esteem, especially during adolescence.

The Lab uses a range of methods, including biological measures and standardised psychological tests. The BioAssay Lab is able to measure hormones in bio-samples, we have specialised equipment to monitor heart rate and blood pressure, and devices that allow measurement of biology and emotions for up to three weeks. The BEATS Lab also conducts research using UCC’s Virtual Reality and Driving Simulator Lab, where stress can be studied in an immersive, realistic environment.


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Bips - Body and Emotions Study

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