Heart rate variability is associated with emotion recognition: direct evidence for a relationship between the autonomic nervous system and social cognition.

@article{Quintana2012HeartRV,
  title={Heart rate variability is associated with emotion recognition: direct evidence for a relationship between the autonomic nervous system and social cognition.},
  author={Daniel S. Quintana and Adam John Guastella and Tim Outhred and Ian B. Hickie and Andrew Haddon Kemp},
  journal={International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={86 2},
  pages={
          168-72
        }
}
  • D. Quintana, A. Guastella, +2 authors A. Kemp
  • Published 2012
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology
It is well established that heart rate variability (HRV) plays an important role in social communication. Polyvagal theory suggests that HRV may provide a sensitive marker of one's ability to respond and recognize social cues. The aim of the present study was to directly test this hypothesis. Resting-state HRV was collected and performance on the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test was assessed in 65 volunteers. HRV was positively associated with performance on this emotion recognition task… Expand

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