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Participate in Research!

What is this research about?

We are trying to understand what happens when we experience stress. Stress from exercising, stress from work, stress from an argument all affect our bodies in a similar way. We hope to understand some of the other effects that stress might have on our our minds. We also hope to identify different molecules that are related to stress and healthy functioning.

What will I do?

During the study, you will:

  • provide three saliva samples (you spit into a tube)

  • provide three blood sample (just a little finger prick, no big needles).

  • exercise for 15 minutes

  • rest for one hour

  • complete some problem solving tasks on a computer

  • Altogether, the study will take about 3 hours.

Will I be compensated?

Yes- you will be compensated £25 in cash at the end of the study session.

Eligibility Requirements

You must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older

  • Not smoke/vape, or drink alcohol on a daily basis

  • Not currently be ill with a cold or flu

  • Not have any infectious diseases (including HIV, strep, hepatitis, etc)

  • Not have any physical injuries, bone, or joint problems

  • Not have asthma, lung, or heart conditions (including high blood pressure)

  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding

  • Not be taking any medications that affect hormones (including contraception and SSRIs)

How do I sign up?

Simply fill out the form below, and Dr McPhetres will contact you.

Or, you can email him directly at

When and where?

Time slots occur from 10am-1pm every weekday in the Psychology building (science site, Upper Mountjoy) at Durham University.

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No longer seeking participants

Questions? Send Dr McPhetres an email!

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