Cardiovascular responses of embarrassment and effects of emotional suppression in a social setting.

  title={Cardiovascular responses of embarrassment and effects of emotional suppression in a social setting.},
  author={Christine R. Harris},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={81 5},
  • C. Harris
  • Published 1 November 2001
  • Psychology
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
The cardiovascular effects of embarrassment and of attempts to suppress embarrassment were examined. In 2 studies, embarrassment was associated with substantial increases in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, which monotonically increased over a 2-minute embarrassment period. In contrast, heart rate (HR) rose significantly during the 1st minute of embarrassment but returned to baseline levels during the 2nd minute. This pattern of reactivity may be distinctive. The effects of trying to… 
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