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Cardiac sensitivity in children: Sex differences and its relationship to parameters of emotional processing

  • In adults, the level of ability to perceive one's own body signals plays an important role for many concepts of emotional experience as demonstrated for emotion processing or emotion regulation. Representative data on perception of body signals and its emotional correlates in children is lacking. Therefore, the present study investigated the cardiac sensitivity of 1,350 children between 6 and 11 years of age in a heartbeat perception task. Our main findings demonstrated the distribution of cardiac sensitivity in children as well as associations with interpersonal emotional intelligence and adaptability. Furthermore, independent of body mass index, boys showed a significantly higher cardiac sensitivity than girls. We conclude that cardiac sensitivity in children appears to show weaker but similar characteristics and relations to emotional parameters as found in adults, so that a dynamic developmental process can be assumed.

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Author:Anne Koch, Olga Pollatos
ISSN:0048-5772 (print)
ISSN:1469-8986 (online)
Pubmed Id:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=24810627
Parent Title (English):Psychophysiology : journal of the Society for Psychophysiological Research
Place of publication:Hoboken
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2014
Year of Completion:2014
Release Date:2017/03/27
Tag:Children; Emotional intelligence; Heart rate variability; Heartbeat perception; Interoceptive sensitivity
First Page:932
Last Page:941
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Psychologie
Peer Review:Referiert