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Learned Cardiac Control with Heart Rate Biofeedback Transfers to Emotional Reactions

Peira, Nathalie ; Pourtois, Gilles ; Fredrikson, Mats ;Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för psykologi

PLoS ONE, 2013, Vol. 8(7), p. e70004 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Learned Cardiac Control with Heart Rate Biofeedback Transfers to Emotional Reactions
  • Author/Creator: Peira, Nathalie ; Pourtois, Gilles ; Fredrikson, Mats
  • Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för psykologi
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Medical And Health Sciences ; Medicin Och Hälsovetenskap ; Social Sciences ; Samhällsvetenskap
  • Is Part Of: PLoS ONE, 2013, Vol. 8(7), p. e70004
  • Description: Emotions involve subjective feelings, action tendencies and physiological reactions. Earlier findings suggest that biofeedback might provide a way to regulate the physiological components of emotions. The present study investigates if learned heart rate regulation with biofeedback transfers to emotional situations without biofeedback. First, participants learned to decrease heart rate using biofeedback. Then, inter-individual differences in the acquired skill predicted how well they could decrease heart rate reactivity when later exposed to negative arousing pictures without biofeedback. These findings suggest that (i) short lasting biofeedback training improves heart rate regulation and (ii) the learned ability transfers to emotion challenging situations without biofeedback. Thus, heart rate biofeedback training may enable regulation of bodily aspects of emotion also when feedback is not available.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1932-6203 ; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0070004