Rated and measured impulsivity in children is associated with diminished cardiac reactions to acute psychological stress


This study examined the association between impulsivity and heart rate reactions to a brief psychological stress in pre-adolescent children. Impulsivity was assessed by two response inhibition tasks and maternal self-report. Heart rate was measured at rest and in response to a mental arithmetic challenge. Children high in impulsivity showed blunted cardiac stress reactions. This result resonates with previous findings that blunted stress reactivity is characteristic of a range of problematic behaviours often associated with impulsivity.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2014.07.009
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Applied Health Research Group
Additional Information: © 2014, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acute psychological stress,Heart rate,Impulsivity
Publication ISSN: 0301-0511
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2014-10-01
Authors: Bennett, Carmel
Blissett, Jackie (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0275-6413)
Carroll, Douglas
Ginty, Annie T.

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