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How Positive Emotions Build Physical Health
The mechanisms underlying the association between positive emotions and physical health remain a mystery. We hypothesize that an upward-spiral dynamic continually reinforces the tie between positiveExpand
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Upward spirals of the heart: Autonomic flexibility, as indexed by vagal tone, reciprocally and prospectively predicts positive emotions and social connectedness
Vagal tone (VT), an index of autonomic flexibility, is linked to social and psychological well-being. We posit that the association between VT and well-being reflects an "upward spiral" in whichExpand
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Is meditation always relaxing? Investigating heart rate, heart rate variability, experienced effort and likeability during training of three types of meditation.
Meditation is often associated with a relaxed state of the body. However, meditation can also be regarded as a type of mental task and training, associated with mental effort and physiologicalExpand
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Phenomenological Fingerprints of Four Meditations: Differential State Changes in Affect, Mind-Wandering, Meta-Cognition, and Interoception Before and After Daily Practice Across 9 Months of Training
Despite increasing interest in the effects of mental training practices such as meditation, there is much ambiguity regarding whether and to what extent the various types of mental practice haveExpand
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Estimating and Visualizing Nonlinear Relations Among Latent Variables: A Semiparametric Approach
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The graphical presentation of any scientific finding enhances its description, interpretation, and evaluation. Expand
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Meditation and Health: The Search for Mechanisms of Action
Psychological interest in the impact of mental states on biological functioning is growing rapidly, driving a need for new methods for inducing mental states that last long enough, and areExpand
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Upward Spiral Between Positive Emotions and Vagal Tone How Positive Emotions Build Physical Health : Perceived Positive Social Connections Account for the
The mechanisms underlying the association between positive emotions and physical health remain a mystery. We hypothesize that an upward-spiral dynamic continually reinforces the tie between positiveExpand
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Specific reduction in cortisol stress reactivity after social but not attention-based mental training
Social but not attention-based mental training reduces cortisol reactivity to psychosocial stress. Psychosocial stress is a public health burden in modern societies. Chronic stress–induced diseaseExpand
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