PhD student in cognitive psychology

Under the direction of Pr. Patrick Chambres and Dr. Frederic Dutheil

Laboratory of social and cognitve psychology (LAboratoire de Psychologie Sociale et COgnitive - LAPSCO) - CNRS/UMR6024, team 3 (Physiological and Psychosocial Stress, Well-Being


Theme of the thesis

Design of a personal health system for well being assessment: Continuous biological measurement of anxiety level

This project aims to better understand the physiological changes that underlie the genesis of anxiety and to evaluate situations that generate this anxiety in an ecological environment. Abnormal anxiety brings considerable problems in social interactions and have a bad impact on the quality of learning and our ability to concentrate, actually impacting our behavior. Anxiety is associated with a sympathetic nervous system’s over-activation. This activation can be evaluated by measuring various physiological variables such as heart rate variability (HRV) and electrodermal activity (EDA). This study aims to develop small and portable tools that can be worn daily to get a live assessment throughout the day of the anxiety’s levels of people. We want to develop a protocol that can be used by a wide range of people and that can detect situations of daily life that generate anxiety, especially for those without the ability to express that feeling. Ultimately this work aims to provide a more effective assessment and management of anxiety and its consequences on people's well being and social live.


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