Areas of Expertise (7)
Stress and Teens
Jeremy Jamieson serves as the principal investigator of the Social Stress Lab at the University of Rochester. His research focuses on social stress and decision making, emotion regulation, and risk and uncertainty.
The primary focus of Jamieson's work seeks to understand how stress impacts decisions, emotions, and performance. He is particularly interested in using physiological indices of bodily and mental states to delve into the mechanisms underlying the effects of stress on downstream outcomes. Jamieson is also interested in studying emotion regulation. His research in this area demonstrates that altering appraisals of stress and anxiety can go a long ways towards improving physiological and cognitive outcomes.
Colby College: B.A., Psychology 2004
Northeastern University: Ph.D., Social Psychology 2004
- American Educational Research Association
- Association for Psychological Science
- Carnegie Foundation, Alpha-Lab Research Network
- Society for Affective Science
- Society for Experimental Social Psychology
- Society for Personality & Social Psychology
Selected Media Appearances (12)
The Power of Brief Mental Health Therapies: Research shows that targeted, time-limited programs offer significant benefits for people struggling with anxiety and other problems.
Wall Street Journal print
Research spearheaded by Jeremy Jamieson found that a brief training session on "stress reappraisal" can help students cope with anxiety.
What is Good Stress?
There’s a secret weapon for dealing with something unexpected. And you might be used to thinking of it as something that would undermine you, not help you shine.
Stress: The Good, The Bad And The Useful
WOSU PBS radio
While chronic stress is known to have multiple adverse health outcomes, moderate amounts of short-term stress can be beneficial. Learn how scientists measure stress and trace its pathways through the body, and how to optimize stress responses for better performance and decision making
Can stress be a good thing?
WXXI News (Evan Dawson Connections) radio
Especially over this past year, many of us have experienced remarkable levels of stress. It's bad for you, right? Not necessarily. A local professor says in some ways, stress can be a good thing, pushing us forward to do things we wouldn't otherwise be able to accomplish. Jeremy Jamieson, associate professor of psychology at the University of Rochester
Tools to Combat Social Anxiety Humans are incredibly social creatures, but we’re out of practice.
Thrive Global online
We’re all a little out of practice when it comes to dealing with other humans. That’ll happen when you spend a year trying to avoid close contact with anyone you don’t live with. Now that things are (thankfully) beginning to reopen, the walls we’ve put up around us will come crashing down.
Psychology student reveals simple trick to stop anxiety
The Independent UK print
A psychology student has explained how people suffering from anxiety over an upcoming event can trick their minds into reframing the nervous feeling as excitement.
Getting fewer ‘likes’ on social media can make teens anxious and depressed
University of Rochester online
Simply not getting enough validation on social media can increase depression and anxiety, especially in the most vulnerable populations for whom these platforms may contribute to a cycle of rejection. That’s according to a new paper published in Child Development that explores the psychological effects of receiving insufficient positive feedback online.
Some Stress Can Be Your Friend
University of Rochester online
Fear of public speaking tops death and spiders as the nation’s number one phobia. But new research shows that learning to rethink the way we view our shaky hands, pounding heart, and sweaty palms can help people perform better both mentally and physically. Before a stressful speaking task, simply encouraging people to reframe the meaning of these signs of stress as natural and helpful was a surprisingly effective way of handling stage fright, found the study to be published online April 8 in Clinical Psychological Science.
How to Help Teenagers Embrace Stress
New York Times print
Now that the school year is in full swing, many young people are feeling the weight of academic demands. But how much strain students experience may depend less on their workloads and more on how they think about the very nature of stress.
Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart?
New York Times print
Never before has the pressure to perform on high-stakes tests been so intense or meant so much for a child’s academic future. As more school districts strive for accountability, standardized tests have proliferated. The pressure to do well on achievement tests for college is filtering its way down to lower grades, so that even third graders feel as if they are on trial. Students get the message that class work isn’t what counts, and that the standardized exam is the truer measure
Dr. Jeremy Jamieson, University of Rochester – Performance and Beneficial Stress
Academic Minute WAMC radio
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jeremy Jamieson of the University of Rochester explains why stress can be useful for performers.
Public Speaking and Stress Responses Improving stress responses by reinterpreting the meaning of stress
Psychology Today online
An interesting pilot study conducted by my lab found that people preferred to administer small but uncomfortable shocks to themselves than give a 5-min speech about their personal attributes. It might seem shocking (no pun intended) that people would choose physical discomfort over public speaking, but fear of public speaking tops death and spiders as America’s number one phobia.