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See detailParental emotion and pain control behaviour when faced with child’s pain: the emotion regulatory role of parental pain-related attention-set shifting and heart rate variability
Vervoort, Tine; Karos, Kai; Johnson, Dan et al

in Pain (2018)

, The present study investigated the moderating role of parental pain-related attention-set shifting and heart rate variability (HRV) for parental distress and pain control behaviour when faced with their ... [more ▼]

, The present study investigated the moderating role of parental pain-related attention-set shifting and heart rate variability (HRV) for parental distress and pain control behaviour when faced with their child’s pain. Participants were 54 school children and one of their parents. Parental HRV was assessed at study commencement followed by a cued switching task indexing parental ability to flexibly shift attention between pain-related and neutral attentional sets. In a subsequent phase, parents observed their child perform a CPT task, allowing assessment of parental pain control behavior (indexed by latency to stop their child’s CPT performance) and parental distress – assessed via self-report following observation of child CPT performance. Findings indicated that parental facilitated attentional shifting (i.e., engage) towards a pain-related attentional set contributed to higher levels of pain control behaviour when faced with increasing levels of chid facial display of pain. Pain control behaviour amongst parents who demonstrated impeded attentional shifting to a pain-related attentional set was equally pronounced regardless of low or high levels of child pain expression. Parental ability to shift attention away (i.e., disengage) from a pain related set to a neutral set did not impact findings. Results further indicated that whereas high levels of parental HRV buffers the impact of child facial pain display upon parental emotional distress and pain control behaviour, low levels of HRV constitute a risk factor for higher levels of parental distress and pain control behaviour when faced with increased child facial pain display. Theoretical/clinical implications and further research directions are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailRejection sensitivity as a vulnerability marker for depressive symptom deterioration in men.
De Rubeis, Jannika; Lugo, Ricardo; Witthöft, Michael et al

in PLoS ONE (2017), 12(10), 0185802

Consistent across time and cultures, men and male adolescents older than 14 years of age appear underrepresented in mood disorders, and are far less likely than women to seek psychological help. The much ... [more ▼]

Consistent across time and cultures, men and male adolescents older than 14 years of age appear underrepresented in mood disorders, and are far less likely than women to seek psychological help. The much higher rate of suicide amongst males suggests that depression in men might be underreported. One of the core human motives is to seek acceptance by others and avoid rejection. Rejection Sensitivity (RS) has been conceptualized as the cognitive-affective processing disposition to anxiously expect, readily perceive, and intensely respond to cues of rejection in the behavior of others. RS has been previously linked with the onset and course of depression, but - as yet - has not been investigated longitudinally in a clinical population. We investigated the predictive role of RS to symptom deterioration 6 months after end-of- treatment in 72 male inpatients with depressive spectrum disorder. The BDI was administered at intake, end-of-treatment and 6 month follow-up. RS scores were obtained at intake. Rejection Sensitivity had additional predictive power on BDI scores at 6 months follow-up controlling for BDI scores at end-of-treatment (ΔR2 = .095). The results are discussed in terms of the importance of targeting RS during treatment, and highlight the fact that therapeutic follow-up care is paramount. Future research should investigate possible mediators of the RS- relapse-to-depression association, such as self-blame, rumination, neuroticism, pessimism, emotion dysregulation, and low self-esteem. [less ▲]

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See detailVaguely mediated heart rate variability promotes the perception of paradoxical pain
Scheuren, Raymonde UL; Sütterlin, Stefan; Anton, Fernand UL

in Journal of Psychophysiology (2016)

Self-regulation mechanisms are governed by prefrontal inhibitory processes and play a crucial role in the modulation of pain. In the present study the thermal grill paradigm was used to investigate the ... [more ▼]

Self-regulation mechanisms are governed by prefrontal inhibitory processes and play a crucial role in the modulation of pain. In the present study the thermal grill paradigm was used to investigate the association of vagally mediated resting heart rate variability, a psychophysiological marker of trait self-regulatory capacity, with paradoxical pain sensations induced by non-noxious stimulation. This thermal grill illusion is only perceived by part of the tested individuals. The mechanisms underlying the observed inter-individual differences in paradoxical pain sensitivity are largely unknown. During the experimental task, a temperature combination of 15° C and 41° C was set at the glass tubes of the thermal grill. The fifty-two healthy participants placed their dominant hand on the grill for a duration of one minute. The magnitude of sensory and affective pain sensations perceived during stimulation was assessed with numerical rating scales. Before stimulation, a short-term electrocardiogram was recorded to compute vagally mediated heart rate variability at rest. Logistic regression analyses revealed that participants with higher vagal tone were significantly more likely to perceive the thermal grill illusion than subjects displaying lower resting heart rate variability. Paradoxical pain sensations were primarily predicted by normalized respiratory sinus arrhythmia. Our results confirm that the magnitude of vagally mediated resting heart rate variability is associated with the individual disposition to illusive pain perceptions. Since the latter is considered to be a marker of trait self-regulation ability, the present findings may corroborate and complement previous evidence for an impact of psychological characteristics on paradoxical pain sensitivity. [less ▲]

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See detailAttachment Status Affects Heart Rate Responses to Experimental Ostracism in Inpatients with Depression
De Rubeis, Jannika; Sütterlin, Stefan; Lange, Diane et al

in PLoS ONE (2016), 11(3), 0150375

Depression is assumed to be both a risk factor for rejection and a result of it, and as such constitutes an important factor in rejection research. Attachment theory has been applied to understand ... [more ▼]

Depression is assumed to be both a risk factor for rejection and a result of it, and as such constitutes an important factor in rejection research. Attachment theory has been applied to understand psychological disorders, such as depression, and can explain individual differences in responses to rejection. Research on autonomic nervous system activity to rejection experiences has been contradictory, with opposing strings of argumentation (activating vs. numbing). We investigated autonomic nervous system-mediated peripheral physiological responses (heart rate) to experimentally manipulated ostracism (Cyberball) in 97 depressed patients with organized (n = 52) and disorganized attachment status (n= 45). Controlling for baseline mean heart rate levels, depressed patients with disorganized attachment status responded to ostracism with significantly higher increases in heart rate than depressed patients with organized attachment status (p=.029; ηp²=.051). These results suggest that attachment status may be a useful indicator of autonomic responses to perceived social threat, which in turn may affect the therapeutic process and the patient-therapist relationship. [less ▲]

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See detailAffective instability in patients with chronic pain: a diary approach
Rost, Silke UL; Van Ryckeghem, Dimitri; Koval, Peter et al

in Pain (2016), 157(8), 1783-1790

Affective instability, conceptualized as fluctuations in mood over time, has been related to ill-health and psychopathology. In this study we examined the role of affective instability upon daily pain ... [more ▼]

Affective instability, conceptualized as fluctuations in mood over time, has been related to ill-health and psychopathology. In this study we examined the role of affective instability upon daily pain outcomes in 70 chronic pain patients (Mage = 49.7 years; 46 females) using an end-of-day diary. During a baseline phase, patients completed self-reported questionnaires of pain severity, pain duration, disability, depression and anxiety. During a subsequent diary phase, patients filled out an electronic end-of-day diary over 14 consecutive days assessing daily levels of pain severity, disability, cognitive complaints, negative affect (NA) and positive affect (PA). Affective instability was operationalized as the mean square of successive differences (MSSD) in daily mood (separately for NA and PA), which takes into account the size of affective changes over consecutive days. Results indicated that NA instability was positively associated with daily disability, beyond the effects of daily pain severity. Furthermore, NA instability moderated the relationship between daily pain severity and daily disability and the relationship between daily pain severity and daily cognitive complaints. PA instability, however showed to be unrelated to all outcomes. Current findings extend previous results and reveal the putative role of affective instability upon pain-related outcomes and may yield important clinical implications. Indeed, they suggest that targeting NA instability by improving emotion regulation skills may be a strategy to diminish disability and cognitive complaints in patients with chronic pain. [less ▲]

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See detailThe relationship between emotion regulation capacity, heart rate variability, and quality of life in individuals with alcohol-related brain damage
Steinmetz, Jean-Paul; Vögele, Claus UL; Theisen-Flies, Christiane et al

in Psychology Research and Behavior Management (2016), 9

The reliable measurement of quality of life (QoL) presents a challenge in individuals with alcohol-related brain damage. This study investigated vagally mediated heart rate variability (vmHRV) as a ... [more ▼]

The reliable measurement of quality of life (QoL) presents a challenge in individuals with alcohol-related brain damage. This study investigated vagally mediated heart rate variability (vmHRV) as a physiological predictor of QoL. Self- and proxy ratings of QoL and dysexecutive symptoms were collected once, while vmHRV was repeatedly assessed over a 3-week period at weekly intervals in a sample of nine alcohol-related brain damaged patients. We provide robustness checks, bootstrapped correlations with confidence intervals, and standard errors for mean scores. We observed low to very low heart rate variability scores in our patients in comparison to norm values found in healthy populations. Proxy ratings of the QoL scale “subjective physical and mental performance” and everyday executive dysfunctions were strongly related to vmHRV. Better proxy-rated QoL and fewer dysexecutive symptoms were observed in those patients with higher vmHRV. Overall, patients showed low parasympathetic activation favoring the occurrence of dysfunctional emotion regulation strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailInter-individual differences in cardiovascular reactivity and the perception of the thermal grill illusion of pain
Scheuren, Raymonde UL; Duschek, Stefan; Schulz, André UL et al

Speeches/Talks (2015)

Background: Evidence has been given that there exists a functional relationship between the cardiovascular and the pain regulatory system. Alterations in blood pressure and concomitant changes in ... [more ▼]

Background: Evidence has been given that there exists a functional relationship between the cardiovascular and the pain regulatory system. Alterations in blood pressure and concomitant changes in baroreceptor activation contribute to the modulation of pain sensitivity It could be shown that blood pressure, baroreflex sensitivity, and cardiac vagal tone (indexed by heart rate variability, HRV) are inversely associated to pain sensitivity. We aimed assessing the same cardiovascular parameters in a thermal grill paradigm to test the assumption of a relationship between inter-individual differences in autonomic cardiac control and the perception of the thermal grill illusion of pain (TGI). Methods: All participants (N = 52) were stimulated three times during one minute with the temperatures of 15°C and 41°C set at the interlaced cold and warm bars of the water-bath driven thermal grill. Blood pressure and heart rate were recorded concomitantly. Numerical rating scales (NRS; 0–100) were used to quantify subjective paradoxical pain intensity and pain unpleasantness perceptions. Results: A positive association between cardiac vagal tone and paradoxical pain sensitivity could be revealed. Higher resting HRV, as expressed by higher respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA), made it overall more likely to perceive the TGI. In contrast, blood pressure and the susceptibility to the TGI were inversely related. Volunteers displaying higher spontaneous blood pressure values in the first thermal grill stimulation phase did not feel the illusive pain as compared to those who presented significantly lower sympathetic arousal and perceived the TGI. Conclusion: The present physiological findings complement previous evidence of an impact of psychological characteristics on the individual disposition to paradoxical pain perceptions. [less ▲]

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See detailCognitive Processing of Interoceptive Information and Negative Health Outcomes
Sütterlin, Stefan; Scheuren, Raymonde UL; Mueller, Sven et al

Poster (2015, September 02)

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See detailPerseverative Cognition in Fibromyalgia
Rost, Silke UL; Van Ryckeghem, Dimitri; Sütterlin, Stefan et al

Scientific Conference (2014, September 04)

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See detailThe role of affective instability on daily chronic pain outcomes
Rost, Silke UL; Van Ryckeghem, Dimitri; Koval, Peter et al

Poster (2014, August 21)

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See detailThe influence of emotional instability on daily pain outcomes in chronic pain patients
Van Ryckeghem, Dimitri; Rost, Silke UL; Vögele, Claus UL et al

Poster (2014, May)

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