Trier Mental Challenge Test (TMCT)

Alternate Names: Trier Social Stress Test

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Trier Mental Challenge Test (TMCT)

A timed arithmetic test designed bv Kirshbaum et al (1991) to induce psychological stress on participants.
Duration: 10 minutes
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Kirschbaum, C. (1991). Cortisolmessung im Speichel - eine Methode der biologischen Psychologie. Bern [u.a.]: Huber.

Kirschbaum, C., Pirke, K., & Hellhammer, D. (1993). The ‘Trier Social Stress Test’ – A Tool for Investigating Psychobiological Stress Responses in a Laboratory Setting. Neuropsychobiology, 28(1–2), 76-81.

Pruessner, Hellhammer, & Kirschbaum. (1999). Low self-esteem, induced failure and the adrenocortical stress response. Personality and Individual Differences, 27(3), 477-489.