IFMA Preventive Health Management Inc.

Institute for Medical Advancement

New York, USA

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Assessing Stress & Affects

Getting to Know Yourself Better

    (1) Get involved and learn more about the complex interplay between body and mind under high levels of stress caused, for example, by modern work conditions or by tight schedules and frequent examinations in college.

    (2) Learn more about your affects, the evolutionarily very old processes deep inside your body. Affects such as aggression, fear, anger, happiness, sadness, grief, or love, can be triggered by internal and external events, and are often accompanied by bodily reactions, such as sweat, rapidly increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, or dizziness.

    (3) Learn how regular voice recordings can improve your coping behavior under stress, so that you feel pretty comfortable, for example, when speaking in public — such that mean vocal pitch doesn’t go up by a halftone or so.

Subjects at Risk of Depression

    (4) Get involved and learn how low mood reduces the dynamic expressiveness of your voice and how your voice sounds when it regains energy, vivacity and spiritedness.

    (5) Find out how helpful it is to go for a 20-minute walk, to ride a bicycle, or to do sports.

    (6) And best of all: getting involved on a routine basis is a great remedy to better cope with the ups and downs of life.

User Manual

The «Depressive-Voice» App has been rigorously tested by 120 students — see our scientific article. You may download the manual in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish:


 

Pause Duration and Loudness over an observation period of 14 days
Monitoring general health and well-being: Pause Duration (red bars) and Loudness (green bars) over an observation period of 14 days. Speaking behavior is virtually unchanged over time, except for day 12, where longer pauses and a lower voice may indicate that the subject was tired. No recordings on days 4, 13.

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