Facial indicators of heart rate reactivity in a stress induced state

Studies show that stress can increase the risk of heart disease and other conditions. Therefore, identifying people who are most likely to have strong reactions to stress is an important goal in the prevention of heart disease. David Nordstokke believes facial expressions may be key markers for identifying people at risk of stress-induced heart disease. He is studying the relationship between facial expressions and stress by giving participants a test of social anxiety. During the videotaped test, David compares changes in heart rate with specific facial movements to determine if there is a link. He hopes the research will reveal patterns of facial expression that provide information about heart rate reactivity. Ultimately, David aims to help health care practitioners in the early detection of individuals at risk of developing heart disease so they can intervene with stress management programs.