Age-related changes of phasic heart rate responses to affective pictures.

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Age-related changes of phasic heart rate responses to affective pictures. / Aupée, Anne-Marie; Jönsson, Peter.

In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, Vol. 49, No. 4, 2008, p. 325-331.

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Aupée, Anne-Marie ; Jönsson, Peter. / Age-related changes of phasic heart rate responses to affective pictures. In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. 2008 ; Vol. 49, No. 4. pp. 325-331.

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T1 - Age-related changes of phasic heart rate responses to affective pictures.

AU - Aupée, Anne-Marie

AU - Jönsson, Peter

PY - 2008

Y1 - 2008

N2 - This study examined age differences in phasic heart rate in response to neutral, negative and positive pictures. Heart rate changes and subjective ratings were analyzed in 22 middle-aged (40-55 years) and 30 older (56-78 years) participants. The effects of valence on the HR pattern across time were similar to that obtained by Bradley and co-workers. Conversely to previous studies, we did not report any age-related reduction in cardiac reactivity. Instead, when viewing positive pictures, the triphasic wave form appeared in the group of older adults, but for younger participants, it was replaced by a sustained deceleration. These results were interpreted in the light of the socioemotional selectivity theory.

AB - This study examined age differences in phasic heart rate in response to neutral, negative and positive pictures. Heart rate changes and subjective ratings were analyzed in 22 middle-aged (40-55 years) and 30 older (56-78 years) participants. The effects of valence on the HR pattern across time were similar to that obtained by Bradley and co-workers. Conversely to previous studies, we did not report any age-related reduction in cardiac reactivity. Instead, when viewing positive pictures, the triphasic wave form appeared in the group of older adults, but for younger participants, it was replaced by a sustained deceleration. These results were interpreted in the light of the socioemotional selectivity theory.

U2 - 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2008.00659.x

DO - 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2008.00659.x

M3 - Article

C2 - 18466188

VL - 49

SP - 325

EP - 331

JO - Scandinavian Journal of Psychology

JF - Scandinavian Journal of Psychology

SN - 1467-9450

IS - 4

ER -