Controlling the emotional heart: heart rate biofeedback improves cardiac control during emotional reactions.

@article{Peira2014ControllingTE,
  title={Controlling the emotional heart: heart rate biofeedback improves cardiac control during emotional reactions.},
  author={Nathalie Peira and Mats Fredrikson and Gilles Pourtois},
  journal={International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology},
  year={2014},
  volume={91 3},
  pages={225-31}
}
When regulating negative emotional reactions, one goal is to reduce physiological reactions. However, not all regulation strategies succeed in doing that. We tested whether heart rate biofeedback helped participants reduce physiological reactions in response to negative and neutral pictures. When viewing neutral pictures, participants could regulate their heart rate whether the heart rate feedback was real or not. In contrast, when viewing negative pictures, participants could regulate heart… CONTINUE READING
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