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Emotional intelligence and the psycho-physiology of stress


Emotional intelligence is known to predict health outcomes as well as better workplace performance. One of the mechanisms underlying these relationships may be the ability to manage stress. This project will examine emotional intelligence and stress, considering the reasons why emotionally intelligent people may be more resilient to stress, and modelling the stress process to include key psycho-physical markers as well as self-reported symptoms and coping strategies.


Dr Carolyn MacCann.

Research location

School of Psychology

Program type



This project looks at how emotional intelligence relates to the ways that people cope with stress, examining both physiology (heart-rate, cortisol response), behaviour (the coping strategies people use), and the subjective experience of emotions.

Additional information

HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2264

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