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Respiratory, autonomic and emotional responses to affect manipulation in high and low trait anxiety


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Hood, MA 2001 , 'Respiratory, autonomic and emotional responses to affect manipulation in high and low trait anxiety', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Investigations concerned with the autonomic characteristics of generalised anxiety
disorder (GAD) patients indicate the influence of parasympathetic nervous system
activity on heart rate is unresolved. As a result, the use of parasympathetic measures
in GAD research may be of value. The functional physiology of respiration was
reviewed and the importance of calibration procedures associated with respiratory
inductive plethysmography for measuring respiratory mode excursions relative to
volume changes was detailed. Findings from studies investigating involuntary
respiratory changes indicate links exist between anxiety and fear states, personality
predispositions and respiratory mode contribution differences. Specifically, rapid,
shallow (thoracic (TH)) breathing may be associated with trait-anxiety. The
conceptual framework of reversal theory is increasingly being used to explain the
dynamics of emotion, stress and anxiety related behaviour. Experimental evidence
demonstrates that telic dominance is associated with trait-anxiety. The process of
inhibited reversal was used to explain how chronic anxiety could develop in telic
dominant individuals.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Hood, MA
Keywords: Anxiety, Respiration
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Thesis (M.Psych.)--University of Tasmania, 2001. Includes bibliographical references

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