Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The present study examined whether the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) could be replicated in online, text-based communication, and whether both online and in-person social stress impacted emotion identification. Participants were college students (n = 58) who experienced stress elicitation either face-to-face (TSST) or online (e-Trier). They then identified angry, fearful, happy, and ambiguous angry-fearful facial expressions. The effectiveness of the TSST was replicated, while the e-Trier was only successful in eliciting stress at the mid-point of the task. In the less stressful conditions (e-Trier and control) men identified ambiguous expressions as significantly more angry than women, while this gender difference was not evident in the stressful condition (TSST). Men were also more likely to misidentify true fearful faces as angry. These results indicate that men tend towards over-interpreting angry expressions, but this gender difference is diminished with experienced stress.
BF1 .M63 v. 22 no. 1 2016
Rabasco, Anna N. and Sheets, Erin S.
"The effects of face-to-face and online social stress on emotion identification,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 22:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol22/iss1/7