Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The present study investigated the effects of strength of social network on physiological stress during a cognitive task. Participants were randomly assigned to a timed or untimed word search task. The dependent variables were heart rate and participants' perceptions of the difficulty of their word search task. Participants in the high stress condition reported performing significantly worse on the word search task than those in the low stress condition. Participants perceived the task to be less difficult when in the high social network group as compared to the low social network group. While there were no significant findings for the heart rate measure, there was an interesting pattern. For the high stress condition, participants with a low social network had slightly higher heart rates than participants with a high social network.
BF1 .M63 v. 11 no. 2 2006
Levitt, Amy R.
"An investigation into the effects of social network strength and stress level on cardiovascular responses in colleges students,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 11
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol11/iss2/4