Voluntary control of human heart rate

Effect on reaction to aversive stimulation: A replication and extension

Alan D. Sirota, Gary E Schwartz, David Shapiro

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Abstract

In anticipation of receiving painful stimuli, 20 female Ss learned to regulate their heart rate (HR) when provided with meter biofeedback and monetary bonuses for HR changes and instructions to increase or decrease their rate. Voluntary slowing of HR was associated with a relative reduction in perceived aversiveness of the stimuli, particularly in those Ss who scored high on a cardiac-awareness questionnaire (i.e., reported experiencing cardiac reactions to fear situations in daily life). These fingings replicate and extend previous findings by the authors (see record 1974-31631-001) on HR self-regulation, perception of aversive stimulation, and individual differences in cardiac awareness. They also provide further support for the hypothesis that biofeedback training for relevant physiological responses may serve as a behavioral strategy for changing anxiety and fear reactions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-477
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Volume85
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1976
Externally publishedYes

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Voluntary control of human heart rate : Effect on reaction to aversive stimulation: A replication and extension. / Sirota, Alan D.; Schwartz, Gary E; Shapiro, David.

In: Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol. 85, No. 5, 10.1976, p. 473-477.

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