Is compassion for others stress buffering? Consequences of compassion and social support for physiological reactivity to stress

@inproceedings{Cosley2010IsCF,
  title={Is compassion for others stress buffering? Consequences of compassion and social support for physiological reactivity to stress},
  author={Brandon J. Cosley and Shannon K. McCoy and Laura R. Saslow and Elissa S Epel},
  year={2010}
}
The present study examined the role of compassion for others and social support in physiological stress reactivity. In this experiment, participants who had previously completed an online assessment of compassion experienced a social stress task in front of either two supportive or neutral evaluators, while their blood pressure, cortisol, high frequency heart rate variability (HF-HRV), and liking for the evaluators were monitored. Participants’ compassion for others interacted with social… CONTINUE READING

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