Psychophysiology and Stress Research



Recent publications

  1. Ryan R, Clow A, Spathis A, Smyth N, Booth S.  Salivary diurnal cortisol profiles in patients suffering from chronic breathlessness receiving supportive and palliative care services: a cross-sectional study. Psychoneuroendocrinology 79: 134-145 2017.01.025 (2017).
  2. Roberts C, Lubain K, McManus S, Draper A, Clow A, Eaton E. Wellbeing and food safety. Food and You waves 1-3 secondary analysis. London: NatCen social research (2016)
  3. Smyth N, Thorn L, Hucklebridge F, Clow A, Evans P. Assessment of the cortisol awakening response: real-time analysis and curvilinear effects of sample timing inaccuracy. Psychoneuroendocrinology 74: 380-386 (2016)
  4. Ryan R, Spathis A, Clow A, Booth S.  Breathlessness and inflammation: relationship and implications. Current Opinion in Supportive & Palliative Care. DOI: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000229 10: 242-248 (2016).
  5. Swami V, Furnham A, Smyth N, Weis L, Lay A, Clow A. Putting the stress on conspiracy theories: Examining associations between psychological stress, anxiety, and belief in conspiracy theories. Personality and Individual Differences 99: 72-79 (2016)
  6. Ramachandran N, Smyth N, Thorn L, Eardley A, Evans P, Clow A. Relationship between post-awakening salivary cortisol and melatonin secretion in healthy participants. Stress 19: 260-263. DOI: 10.3109/10253890.2016.1146671 (2016).
  7. Edmunds S, Clow, A.  The role of peer physical activity champions in the workplace: a qualitative study. Perspectives in Public Health DOI: 10.1177/1757913915600741 136:161-70 (2016).
  8. Ryan R, Sara Booth S, Spathis A, Mollart S, Clow A. Use of salivary diurnal cortisol as an outcome measure in randomised controlled trials: a systematic review. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 50: 210-226, DOI 10.1007/s12160-015-9751-y (2016).
  9. Smyth N, Bianchin M, Thorn L,  Hucklebridge F, Kirschbaum C, Stalder T,  Clow A. Hair cortisol concentrations in relation to ill-being and well-being in healthy young and old females.  International Journal of Psychophysiology 102: 12-17. DOI:org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2016.03.001 (2016).
  10. Hodyl N A, Schneider L, Vallence A-M, Clow A, Ridding M C, Pitcher J. The cortisol awakening response influences performance of a serial sequence reaction time task.  International Journal of Psychophysiology 100, 12-18 DOI:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2015.12.007 (2016).
  11. Stalder T, Kirschbaum C, Kudielka BM, Adam EK, Pruessner JC, Wüst S, Dockray S, Smyth N, Evans P, Hellhammer D, Miller R,  Wetherell MA, Lupien S,  Clow A.  Assessment of the cortisol awakening response: expert consensus guidelines.  Psychneuroendocrinology 63: 414-432. DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2015.10.010 (2016).
  12. Smyth N, Thorn L, Hucklebridge F, Evans P, Clow A. Detailed time course of the cortisol awakening response in healthy participants. Psychoneuroendocrinology 62: 200-2003 DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2015.08.011 (2015).
  13. Law R, Evans P, Thorn L, Hucklebridge F, Clow A. The cortisol awakening response predicts same morning executive function: Results from a 50-day case study. Stress 18; 616-621 10.3109/10253890.2015.1076789 (2015)
  14. Oskis A, Clow A, Loveday C, Hucklebridge F, Sbarra D. Biological stress regulation in female adolescents: a key role for confiding.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence 44: 1066-1077 DOI: 10.1007/s10964-014-0182-z (2015). 
  15. Smyth N,  Thorn L, Hucklebridge F, Evans P, Clow A. Post awakening salivary cortisol secretion and trait well-being: the importance of sample timing accuracy.  Psychoneuroendocrinology 58: 141-151 DOI:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2015.04.019 (2015).
  16. Downey LA, Sands H, Jones L, Clow A, Evans P, Stalder T, Andrew C. Parrott AC. Reduced memory skills and increased hair cortisol levels in recentEcstasy/MDMA users: significant but independent neurocognitive and neurohormonal deficits. Hum. Psychopharmacol Clin Exp  30: 199–207 (2015)
  17. Smyth N, Thorn L, Oskis A, Hucklebridge F, Evans P, Clow A. Anxious attachment style predicts an enhanced cortisol response to group psychosocial stress.  Stress 18: 143-148. DOI: 10.3109/10253890.2015.1021676 (2015).
  18. Tortosa-Martínez J, Clow A, Caus-Pertegaz N, González-Caballero G, Abellán-Miralles I, Saenz, M.J. Exercise increases the dynamics of diurnal cortisol secretion and executive function in people with amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 23, 550 -558 DOI:10.1123/japa.2014-0006 (2015).
  19. Ryan R, Booth S, Spathis A, Clow A. The biological impact of living with chronic breathlessness - a hypothetical role for the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis?  Medical Hypotheses 83, 232–237 (2014).
  20. Clow A, Law R, Evans P, Vallence A-M, Hodyl NA, Goldsworthy MR, Rothwell JC, Ridding MC.  Day differences in the cortisol awakening response predict day differences in synaptic plasticity in the brain.  Stress 17: 219–223 DOI: (2014).
  21. Phillips G, Bottomley C, Schmidt E, Patrick Tobi P, Lais S, Yu G, Lock K, Draper A, Moore D, Clow A, Petticrew M, Hayes R, Renton A.  Measures of exposure to the Well London Phase-1 intervention and their association with health wellbeing and social outcomes.  Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health DOI:10.1136/jech-2013-202507 additional material online at (2014).
  22. Phillips G, Bottomley C, Schmidt E, Patrick Tobi P, Lais S, Yu G, Lock K, Draper A, Moore D, Clow A, Petticrew M, Hayes R, Renton A.  Well London Phase-1:  Results among adults of a cluster-randomised trial of a community engagement approach to improving health behaviours and mental well-being in deprived inner-city neighbourhoods. Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health DOI:10.1136/jech-2013-202505 additional material online at (2014).
  23. Derges J, Clow A, Lynch R, Jain S, Phillips G, Pettegrew M, Renton A, Draper A.  ‘Well London’ and the benefits of participation: results of a qualitative study nested in a cluster randomised trial.  BMJ Open 4:e003596. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003596 (2014).
  24. Parrott AC, Sands HR, Jones L, Clow A, Evans P, Stalder T. Increased cortisol levels in hair of recent Ecstasy/MDMA users. European Neuropsychopharmacology 24, 369-374. (2014).


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