Positive reappraisal improves heart rate variability during stressful work

Parker, Stacey, Newton, Cameron J., & Jimmieson, Nerina L. (2013) Positive reappraisal improves heart rate variability during stressful work. In 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists Conference, 11 – 13 April 2013, Cairns, QLD.


Recent developments in wearable ECG technology have seen renewed interest in the use of Heart Rate Variability (HRV) feedback for stress management. Yet, little is know about the efficacy of such interventions. Positive reappraisal is an emotion regulation strategy that involves changing the way a situation is construed to decrease emotional impact. We sought to test the effectiveness of an intervention that used feedback on HRV data to prompt positive reappraisal during a stressful work task. Participants (N=122) completed two 20-minute trials of an inbox activity. In-between the first and the second trial participants were assigned to the waitlist control condition, a positive reappraisal via psycho-education condition, or a positive reappraisal via HRV feedback condition. Results revealed that using HRV data to frame a positive reappraisal message is more effective than using psycho-education (or no intervention)–especially for increasing positive mood and reducing arousal.

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ID Code: 64732
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Stress, Positive Reappraisal, Heart Rate Variability
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 24 Nov 2013 22:56
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 23:12

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