Successful clinical outcomes involve both clinician and patient factors such as good decision making, accurate diagnosis, patient compliance, effective monitoring of the condition, and accurate interpretation of clinical results. With a general trend in healthcare towards personalized medicine, the smartphone holds great potential to play a role in personalized care and aid in the above mentioned factors. Through the use of apps, the increasingly powerful smartphone may be a useful aid in the healthcare and clinical industries.
Previous research on music and mathematics anxiety has relied primarily on self-reports without biological measurements. To address whether these parameters were correlated, we included blood pressure physiological measures, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and the Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale (MARS) in our study. One hundred and five psychology undergraduates were assigned to sedative, stimulative and “no music” conditions while completing Cambridge GCE O Level mathematical questions. Anxiety was measured pre-, during and posttest.
Stress levels, satisfaction, and outlook in life, interact with physiological health indicators such as Body Mass Index (BMI), heart rate and blood pressure. However, various theories offer conflicting opinions on the direction of such effect. Since cultural differences can influence these interactions, we investigated the association of these factors and the direction of the relationship in a sample of 112 Singapore Asians, utilizing the psychological measures of optimism, life satisfaction, perceived stress, and physiological parameters: blood pressure, heart rate, and BMI.