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Psychological and cumulative cardiovascular effects of repeated angry ruminaton and visuospatial suppression

McClelland, Andrew B., Jones, Kenneth V. and Douglas Gregg, M. Elizabeth 2009, Psychological and cumulative cardiovascular effects of repeated angry ruminaton and visuospatial suppression, International journal of psychophysiology, vol. 74, no. 2, pp. 166-173, doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2009.08.008.

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Title Psychological and cumulative cardiovascular effects of repeated angry ruminaton and visuospatial suppression
Author(s) McClelland, Andrew B.
Jones, Kenneth V.
Douglas Gregg, M. Elizabeth
Journal name International journal of psychophysiology
Volume number 74
Issue number 2
Start page 166
End page 173
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-11
ISSN 0167-8760
1872-7697
Keyword(s) rumination
heart rate
recall
anger
distraction
visuospatial suppression
Summary Brooding rumination is associated with depressed mood, increased negative affect, prolonged anger and inhibited cardiovascular (CV) recovery. Distraction from rumination on a stressful interpersonal encounter is associated with faster CV recovery and decreased negative affect. Studies have suggested that a concurrent visuospatial (VS) task inhibits the maintenance of imagery associated with the perseveration of intrusive negative memories. 120 healthy participants were recruited for the study. As an analogue of repeated angry rumination, the authors explored the effects of repeated visual recall of a provocative confederate and the subsequent impact of two visuospatial (VS) distraction tasks on negative affect, blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR). Repeated recall of the provocation generated repeatedly elevated HR with a cumulative trend that may have CV disease risk implications for chronic ruminators. VS distraction did not aid recovery compared with the Control task.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2009.08.008
Field of Research 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
Socio Economic Objective 920103 Cardiovascular System and Diseases
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020672

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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