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Coping related variables, cardiac vagal activity and working memory performance under pressure.

Mosley, E., Kavanagh, E. J. and Laborde, S., 2018. Coping related variables, cardiac vagal activity and working memory performance under pressure. Acta Psychologica, 191 (November), 179 - 189.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2018.09.007


The aim of this study was to assess the predictive role of coping related variables (trait emotional intelligence and reinvestment, challenge and threat appraisals and cardiac vagal activity) on cardiac vagal activity and working memory under low pressure (LP) and high pressure (HP) conditions. Participants (n = 49) completed trait questionnaires, the Decision Specific Reinvestment Scale, the Movement Specific Reinvestment Scale and Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire. They realized the automated span task, which tests working memory, under counterbalanced LP and HP conditions. Cardiac vagal activity measurements were taken at rest, task and post task for 5 min, along with self-reported ratings of stress. Upon completion of the task, self-report measures of motivation, stress appraisal, attention and perceived pressure were completed. Current findings suggest cardiac vagal activity at rest can predict cardiac vagal activity under pressure, decision reinvestment influences cardiac vagal activity in cognitive tasks under LP and working memory performance is predicted by task cardiac vagal activity in HP only. These results show the importance of combining both subjective and objective psychophysiological variables in performance prediction and strengthen the need for this approach to be adopted across samples.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cardiac vagal activity ; Heart rate variability ; Pressure ; Self-regulation ; Working memory ; Executive function
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:31346
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:10 Oct 2018 15:13
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:13


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