Heart rate variability indicates emotional value during pro-social economic laboratory decisions with large external validity

Fooken, Jonas (2017) Heart rate variability indicates emotional value during pro-social economic laboratory decisions with large external validity. Scientific Reports, 7 . doi:10.1038/srep44471


Author Fooken, Jonas
Title Heart rate variability indicates emotional value during pro-social economic laboratory decisions with large external validity
Journal name Scientific Reports   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2045-2322
Publication date 2017-03-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/srep44471
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Volume 7
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract The present study investigates the external validity of emotional value measured in economic laboratory experiments by using a physiological indicator of stress, heart rate variability (HRV). While there is ample evidence supporting the external validity of economic experiments, there is little evidence comparing the magnitude of internal levels of emotional stress during decision making with external stress. The current study addresses this gap by comparing the magnitudes of decision stress experienced in the laboratory with the stress from outside the laboratory. To quantify a large change in HRV, measures observed in the laboratory during decision-making are compared to the difference between HRV during a university exam and other mental activity for the same individuals in and outside of the laboratory. The results outside the laboratory inform about the relevance of laboratory findings in terms of their relative magnitude. Results show that psychologically induced HRV changes observed in the laboratory, particularly in connection with social preferences, correspond to large effects outside. This underscores the external validity of laboratory findings and shows the magnitude of emotional value connected to pro-social economic decisions in the laboratory.
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