Vagal influence on working memory and attention.

  title={Vagal influence on working memory and attention.},
  author={Anita Lill Hansen and Bj\orn Helge Johnsen and Julian F. Thayer},
  journal={International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology},
  volume={48 3},
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of vagal tone on performance during executive and non-executive tasks, using a working memory and a sustained attention test. Reactivity to cognitive tasks was also investigated using heart rate (HR) and heart rate variability (HRV). Fifty-three male sailors from the Royal Norwegian Navy participated in this study. Inter-beat-intervals were recorded continuously for 5 min of baseline, followed by randomized presentation of a working… CONTINUE READING
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