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25.09.2020

Stress and Relaxation Behaviour in Everyday Life (SEA)

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The study "Stress and Relaxation Behaviour in Everyday Life (SEA)" is a new multinational study led by Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Heinz and Dr. Shuyan Liu at CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin. This study aims to deepen our understanding of stress and relaxation behaviour in everyday life, including providing mechanistic insights.

Stress and relaxation can affect our everyday life. The degrees of effect can vary from person to person and depending on the situation. The SEA team investigates the contextual modulation of physiological and psychological responses triggered by extreme environmental situations (e.g. a global pandemic).

The coronavirus pandemic is upending life in large parts of the world. There is an urgent need to explore strategies for overcoming challenges. The results of our study showed that 24.1% of 1007 respondents in Germany reported psychological distress (Liu and Heinz, 2020, Pharmacopsychiatry), ratings substantially lower than in China where 34.4% of the population reported distress (Qiu et al., 2020, General Psychiarty).

We keep running our SEA study throughout this challenging time and beyond. It comprises comprises an anonymous online survey that takes approximately 6 minutes (60 questions).

Link to the survey 

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The Siuvo platform is an expert-level artificial intelligence platform for healthcare professionals. Currently, researchers in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the U.S. and Canada are conducting research via the Siuvo platform.

As part of Grand Challenges for Pandemic Research by the Berlin University Alliance, we focus on recent findings with respect to loneliness. We launched a smartphone-based study “SEAL” (Stress and Relaxation Behaviour in Everyday Life with a focus on Loneliness). This study is performed for 9 consecutive days by using a smartphone application, a wearable bracelet and self-collected saliva samples at home. Participants receive € 70 for completing the study (more details).

Contact

Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Heinz and Dr. Shuyan Liu
CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin
Campus Charité Mitte
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin
Germany
E-mail: shuyan.liu@charite.de
Homepage: https://psychiatrie-psychotherapie.charite.de

Dr. Bin Shen
Siuvo Inc.
301 Carnegie Center
Room 100
Princeton, NJ 08540
United States 
E-mail: bin.shen@siuvo.com
Homepage: https://www.siuvo.com

As part of Grand Challenges for Pandemic Research by the Berlin University Alliance, cooperation partner:
Prof. Dr. Stephan Heinzel
Free University of Berlin
Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin
Germany
E-mail: stephan.heinzel@fu-berlin.de
Homepage: www.fu-berlin.de/psychologie/klinische

Reference
Liu S and Heinz A. (2020). The cross-cultural validity of psychological distress measurement during the coronavirus pandemic. Pharmacopsychiatry (https://www.thieme-connect.de/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/a-1190-5029).

Qiu J, Shen B, Zhao M, Wang Z, Xie B, & Xu Y. (2020). A nationwide survey of psychological distress among Chinese people in the COVID-19 epidemic: Implications and policy recommendations. General Psychiarty, 33: e100213.
 



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