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The Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) is designed to induce stress in participants by having them socially evaluative situations.
The Trier Social Stress Test (Kirschbaum et al., 1993) consists of multiple sub-tasks aimed at inducing stress in participants. First participants are presented with a Procedure where they indicate their current level of stress. Next, participants are told to prepare for a 5-minute-long speech. After the speech, participants take place in verbal arithmetic. This is followed by a 5-minute period of rest.
NOTE: This task is designed to be displayed on two monitors. One monitor is for the researcher and the other is for the participant.
Kirschbaum, C., Pirke, K. M., & Hellhammer, D. H. (1993). The 'Trier Social Stress Test'—a tool for investigating psychobiological stress responses in a laboratory setting. Neuropsychobiology, 28(1-2), 76-81.