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dc.contributor.authorBryant, RA
dc.contributor.authorHutanamon, T
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-18T03:47:01Z
dc.date.available2020-12-18T03:47:01Z
dc.date.issued2018-02-15
dc.identifierpii: PONE-D-15-33381
dc.identifier.citationBryant, R. A. & Hutanamon, T. (2018). Activating attachments enhances heart rate variability. PLOS ONE, 13 (2), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0151747.
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/255917
dc.description.abstractAlthough activating mental representations of attachment figures is beneficial for psychological health, there is a paucity of knowledge of the underlying mechanisms. We investigated how priming attachment figures may modulate parasympathetic stress response. Participants (N = 62) with varying degrees of attachment security underwent a cold pressor test, and then imagined an attachment or non-attachment figure. Heart rate variability was assessed throughout the study. Participants with low avoidant attachment levels displayed less negative affect and greater heart rate variability following the attachment prime than those who imagined the non-attachment prime. This beneficial effect of attachment priming was not observed in participants with high avoidant attachment levels. These findings highlight that activating attachment representations can enhance the parasympathetic stress response in people with secure attachment styles, and provides one explanation for the psychological benefits of attachment proximity.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherPUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE
dc.titleActivating attachments enhances heart rate variability
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0151747
melbourne.affiliation.departmentPsychiatry
melbourne.source.titlePLoS One
melbourne.source.volume13
melbourne.source.issue2
dc.rights.licenseCC BY
melbourne.elementsid1308517
melbourne.contributor.authorBryant, Richard
dc.identifier.eissn1932-6203
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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