The Influence of Anxiety on Accuracy of Heart Rate Estimations

Butler K.S. and Rapee R.M. (1991) The Influence of Anxiety on Accuracy of Heart Rate Estimations. Behaviour Change, 8 3: 117-123. doi:10.1017/S0813483900006707

Author Butler K.S.
Rapee R.M.
Title The Influence of Anxiety on Accuracy of Heart Rate Estimations
Journal name Behaviour Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2049-7768
Publication date 1991-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0813483900006707
Open Access Status
Volume 8
Issue 3
Start page 117
End page 123
Total pages 7
Subject 3203 Clinical Psychology
3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
3200 Psychology
Abstract Twenty-eight non-clinical subjects, scoring either high or low on a variety of anxiety measures, were asked to match their perceived heart rate to a series of tones produced by a metronomal device, both at rest and during a period of mild exercise. Actual heart rate was measured concurrently with an electrocardiogram. No differences were found between groups in the accuracy with which they were able to monitor their heart rates and, in fact, all subjects markedly underestimated their heart rate. Also, no significant correlations were found between heart rate awareness and any of the measures of anxiety, except for a negative relationship between awareness and scores on the Anxiety Sensitivity Index. Theories of anxiety, and methodological considerations, are discussed.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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