Research Platform The Stress of Life (SOLE)

Processes and Mechanisms underlying Everyday Life Stress

Stress is a ubiquitous, multidimensional phenomenon that permeates our individual lives. For decades, research has attempted to characterize the underlying psychological and biological mechanisms that form the stress response both in the animal and in the human model. While laboratory research enables stress to be studied in a controlled environment, recent conceptual and methodological advancements suggest that examining stress “where it happens”, i.e. in everyday life, might close the knowledge gap regarding how stress actually exerts its effects on the human and animal body. The research platform identifies the most urgent research questions and addresses them by bringing together complementary multidisciplinary expertise from scientific disciplines that are uniquely equipped for this endeavor.