A Study to Evaluate How Cognitive Performance and Physiological Measures Change After Acute Stress


About this study

The purpose of the current research study is to understand how physiological measures, cognitive performance, and self-report of perceived stress change after acute stress and how different features of a relaxation room promote recovery after stress.


Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adults at least age 18.
  • Participants are able to remain in the Well Living Lab for 3-4 hours.
  • Participants are able to perform scripted tasks.
  • Participants are able to provide informed consent
  • Participants are able to wear the wearable devices at all times during the study
  • Participants have completed a COVID vaccine regimen and can provide written documentation verifying vaccination status at least fourteen (14) days prior to the commencement of the research study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Participants with a reported history of diagnosed mood, anxiety, or major health disorders.
  • Participants who have used steroid-based medications within the past three years.
  • Participants with a history of drug/alcohol abuse.
  • Participants with or recovering from nicotine dependency who cannot use a nicotine patch.
  • Participants who consume excessive amounts of caffeine.
  • Participants who have had severe sleep disturbance (e.g., shift work, chronic insomnia).
  • Women who are pregnant or intend to become pregnant at the time of the study.
  • Participants with a history of diagnosed cognitive impairment.
  • Participants taking any medications that might affect the physiological measures of interest.
  • Participants with anything that might affect collecting the physiological measures of interest (e.g., cosmetic products, head coverings, head products, etc.).

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Colin West, M.D., Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Hayden Halbach

(507) 255-2648


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