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The effects of attentional training on physiological stress recovery after induced social threat

Saskia Baert (UGent) , Annabelle Casier (UGent) and Rudi De Raedt (UGent)
(2012) ANXIETY STRESS AND COPING. 25(4). p.365-379
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Social stress has been related to both physiological and psychological responses. The recovery of stress is influenced by the way environmental information is processed, i.e., what information is attended to and how it is interpreted. The present study investigated the effect of attention modification training on physiological stress recovery following induced stress. A group of applicants preparing for a job interview were randomly allocated to an attention training condition versus a control condition. Afterwards, they were asked to give an artificial job interview to a real life jury while being videotaped. Participants in both conditions showed decreased heart rate variability during the job interview, which indicates an overall physiological stress response. However, during a 30-minute follow-up period after the training, indices of heart rate variability showed improved stress recovery only in the attention training condition. Attentional training is proposed as a promising strategy to prevent enduring stress reactions.
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HEART-RATE-VARIABILITY, EXPERIMENTAL MANIPULATION, PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS, SELECTIVE ATTENTION, VULNERABILITY, WORRY, TIME, BIAS, PERSPECTIVE, INTEGRATION, attentional bias, modification, training, heart rate variability, Trier social stress test, dot probe task

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Baert, Saskia, Annabelle Casier, and Rudi De Raedt. 2012. “The Effects of Attentional Training on Physiological Stress Recovery After Induced Social Threat.” Anxiety Stress and Coping 25 (4): 365–379.
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Baert, Saskia, Casier, A., & De Raedt, R. (2012). The effects of attentional training on physiological stress recovery after induced social threat. ANXIETY STRESS AND COPING, 25(4), 365–379.
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Baert S, Casier A, De Raedt R. The effects of attentional training on physiological stress recovery after induced social threat. ANXIETY STRESS AND COPING. 2012;25(4):365–79.
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Baert, Saskia, Annabelle Casier, and Rudi De Raedt. “The Effects of Attentional Training on Physiological Stress Recovery After Induced Social Threat.” ANXIETY STRESS AND COPING 25.4 (2012): 365–379. Print.
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  abstract     = {Social stress has been related to both physiological and psychological responses. The recovery of stress is influenced by the way environmental information is processed, i.e., what information is attended to and how it is interpreted. The present study investigated the effect of attention modification training on physiological stress recovery following induced stress. A group of applicants preparing for a job interview were randomly allocated to an attention training condition versus a control condition. Afterwards, they were asked to give an artificial job interview to a real life jury while being videotaped. Participants in both conditions showed decreased heart rate variability during the job interview, which indicates an overall physiological stress response. However, during a 30-minute follow-up period after the training, indices of heart rate variability showed improved stress recovery only in the attention training condition. Attentional training is proposed as a promising strategy to prevent enduring stress reactions.},
  author       = {Baert, Saskia and Casier, Annabelle and De Raedt, Rudi},
  issn         = {1061-5806},
  journal      = {ANXIETY STRESS AND COPING},
  keyword      = {HEART-RATE-VARIABILITY,EXPERIMENTAL MANIPULATION,PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS,SELECTIVE ATTENTION,VULNERABILITY,WORRY,TIME,BIAS,PERSPECTIVE,INTEGRATION,attentional bias,modification,training,heart rate variability,Trier social stress test,dot probe task},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {365--379},
  title        = {The effects of attentional training on physiological stress recovery after induced social threat},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10615806.2011.605122},
  volume       = {25},
  year         = {2012},
}

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