Stress research is a rapidly emerging area in thefield of electroencephalography (EEG) based signal processing.The use of EEG as an objective measure for cost effective andpersonalized stress management becomes important in particularsituations such as the non-availability of mental health facilities.In this study, long-term stress is classified using baseline EEGsignal recordings. The labelling for the stress and control groupsis performed using two methods (i) the perceived stress scalescore and (ii) expert evaluation. The frequency domain featuresare extracted from five-channel EEG recordings in addition tothe frontal and temporal alpha and beta asymmetries. The alphaasymmetry is computed from four channels and used as a feature.Feature selection is also performed using a t-test to identifystatistically significant features for both stress and control groups.We found that support vector machine is best suited to classifylong-term human stress when used with alpha asymmetry asa feature. It is observed that expert evaluation based labellingmethod has improved the classification accuracy up to 85.20%.Based on these results, it is concluded that alpha asymmetry maybe used as a potential bio-marker for stress classification, when labels are assigned using expert evaluation.
In this paper, we present an experimental study for the classification of perceived human stress using non-invasive physiological signals. These include electroencephalography (EEG), galvanic skin response (GSR), and photoplethysmography (PPG). We conducted experiments consisting of steps including data acquisition, feature extraction, and perceived human stress classification. The physiological data of $28$ participants are acquired in an open eye condition for a duration of three minutes. Four different features are extracted in time domain from EEG, GSR and PPG signals and classification is performed using multiple classifiers including support vector machine, the Naive Bayes, and multi-layer perceptron (MLP). The best classification accuracy of 75% is achieved by using MLP classifier. Our experimental results have shown that our proposed scheme outperforms existing perceived stress classification methods, where no stress inducers are used.
The relation between performance and stress is described by the Yerkes-Dodson Law but varies significantly between individuals. This paper describes a method for determining the individual optimal performance as a function of physiological signals. The method is based on attention and reasoning tests of increasing complexity under monitoring of three physiological signals: Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), Heart Rate (HR), and Electromyogram (EMG). Based on the test results with 15 different individuals, we first show that two of the signals, GSR and HR, have enough discriminative power to distinguish between relax and stress periods. We then show a positive correlation between the complexity level of the tests and the GSR and HR signals, and we finally determine the optimal performance point as the signal level just before a performance decrease. We also discuss the differences among signals depending on the type of test.
Research has proven that stress reduces quality of life and causes many diseases. For this reason, several researchers devised stress detection systems based on physiological parameters. However, these systems require that obtrusive sensors are continuously carried by the user. In our paper, we propose an alternative approach providing evidence that daily stress can be reliably recognized based on behavioral metrics, derived from the user's mobile phone activity and from additional indicators, such as the weather conditions (data pertaining to transitory properties of the environment) and the personality traits (data concerning permanent dispositions of individuals). Our multifactorial statistical model, which is person-independent, obtains the accuracy score of 72.28% for a 2-class daily stress recognition problem. The model is efficient to implement for most of multimedia applications due to highly reduced low-dimensional feature space (32d). Moreover, we identify and discuss the indicators which have strong predictive power.
This paper presents a model for predicting a driver's stress level up to one minute in advance. Successfully predicting future stress would allow stress mitigation to begin before the subject becomes stressed, reducing or possibly avoiding the performance penalties of stress. The proposed model takes features extracted from Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) signals on the foot and hand and Respiration and Electrocardiogram (ECG) signals from the chest of the driver. The data used to train the model was retrieved from an existing database and then processed to create statistical and frequency features. A total of 42 features were extracted from the data and then expanded into a total of 252 features by grouping the data and taking six statistical measurements of each group for each feature. A Random Forest Classifier was trained and evaluated using a leave-one-subject-out testing approach. The model achieved 94% average accuracy on the test data. Results indicate that the model performs well and could be used as part of a vehicle stress prevention system.