The Mind-Body Lab, part of the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, is under the direction of Dr. Bruce Friedman.
Current research uses psychophysiological methods to explore the mind-body relationship. Our work is primarily focused on the relationships between emotions, personality, and autonomic nervous system activity. Some specific topics of interest include states and traits such as anxiety, worry, stress, and hostility in relation to cardiovascular activity; autonomic specificity of emotion; and reflexive versus intentional autonomic response patterns.
Mind-Body Lab research is both basic and applied in nature and spans the domains of psychophysiology and behavioral/psychosomatic medicine. Non-invasive psychophysiological measures are used, such as heart rate variability, impedance cardiography, and blood pressure.
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