Convergence: Connecting Levels of Analysis in Psychological Science
 In the past, our field harbored distinct, and often competing, schools of thought that tackled different problems and produced findings that often appeared to diverge. Today, investigators attack shared problems at complementary levels of analysis and produce results that converge. Studies of people in a social world; mental systems of cognition and emotion; and biological mechanisms of the genome and the nervous system interconnect and yield an integrated psychological science. The APS 23rd Annual Convention displays, and celebrates, these advances in our field.


APSSC Student Research Award Winner: Perceived Stress and Cortisol Secretion: the Protective Role of Optimism

Poster Session XII - Board: XII- EA005
Saturday, May 26, 2012, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
River Exhibition Hall

Joelle Jobin
Concordia University

Carsten Wrosch
Concordia University

This longitudinal study of older adults examined within-person associations between daily stress and cortisol secretion. Dispositional optimism was found to buffer the adverse effect of stress on cortisol. Optimistic older adults were protected from secreting elevated cortisol on days involving elevated, as compared to reduced, levels of stress.

APSSC Student Research Award Winner

Subject Area: Personality/Emotion
Keywords: Aging

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