Individual differences in fear-potentiated startle as a function of resting heart rate variability: implications for panic disorder.

@article{Melzig2009IndividualDI,
  title={Individual differences in fear-potentiated startle as a function of resting heart rate variability: implications for panic disorder.},
  author={Christiane A Melzig and Almut I. Weike and Alfons O. Hamm and Julian F. Thayer},
  journal={International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={71 2},
  pages={109-17}
}
BACKGROUND Anticipatory anxiety, which can be indexed by the startle potentiation to a threat of shock, has been implicated in the development of panic disorder. Large individual differences exist in startle potentiation to threat of shock but few differences have been found between panic patients in general and non-anxious controls. The present studies explored resting heart rate variability (HRV) as a source of individual differences in startle potentiation in students at risk for panic… CONTINUE READING

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