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See detailDo interoceptive deficits contribute to decision-making problems in academic procrastination
Breden, I.-H.; Dincher, K.; Pereira Pedrosa, R. et al

in Kirschbaum, C. (Ed.) 45. Jahrestagung Psychologie und Gehirn - Abstractband (2019)

Interoception plays an important role for intuitive decision-making. One possible explanation is that the perception of somatic markers when simulating the outcome of different action alternatives guides ... [more ▼]

Interoception plays an important role for intuitive decision-making. One possible explanation is that the perception of somatic markers when simulating the outcome of different action alternatives guides the selection for the potentially best option. In the present study, we aimed at investigating if chronically procrastinating individuals show interoceptive deficits, which may explain poor decision-making performance. We tested 19 chronic procrastinators (14 females) and 22 nonprocrastinating control individuals (14 females), recruited from students and staff of the University of Luxembourg. This study consisted of a laboratory experiment including questionnaires assessing procrastinating behavior and two separate behavioral paradigms. Using the Schandry Heartbeat Perception Task as an indicator for interoceptive accuracy and the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT) for the assessment of decision-making performance. Questionnaire data confirmed significantly higher procrastination scores in that group. While male participants showed a significantly higher interoceptive accuracy score than their female counterparts, procrastinators and non-procrastinators did not differ significantly in interoception. Furthermore, no differences in the choice of deck selections were found between procrastinators and non-procrastinators. Interoceptive accuracy was unrelated to decision-making performance. No significant group differences were found for either analysis regarding the performance development as well as sex differences in the IGT. We observed a learning effect in the IGT, with choices for profitable decks increasing over time and poor choices declining. The current study did neither support reduced decision-making problems, nor interoceptive deficits in procrastination. Future studies should incorporate interoceptive indicators of other organ systems and self-report measures to elucidate possible alterations in procrastination. [less ▲]

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See detailErhöhte Reaktivität Herzschlag-evozierter Potenziale während der Aufmerksamkeits- fokussierung auf den eigenen Herzschlag und erhöhte kardiovaskuläre Aktivität bei Personen mit hoher somatoformer Symptombelastung
Schulz, André UL; Rost, S.; Dierolf, Angelika UL et al

in Kirschbaum, C. (Ed.) 45. Jahrestagung Psychologie und Gehirn - Abstractband (2019)

Die psychobiologischen Mechanismen der Entstehung körperlicher Symptome bei somatoformen Störungen sind weitgehend unklar. Im Perception-Filter-Modell wird postuliert, dass (1.) verstärkte ... [more ▼]

Die psychobiologischen Mechanismen der Entstehung körperlicher Symptome bei somatoformen Störungen sind weitgehend unklar. Im Perception-Filter-Modell wird postuliert, dass (1.) verstärkte Signalübermittlung von Körperorganen und (2.) verringerte Filterfunktion im ZNS zu (3.) verstärkter Wahrnehmung von Symptomen führt. Bislang existiert jedoch keine Evidenz, die diesen Zusammenhang an einer von somatoformen Symptomen belasteten Population unterstützt. Um diesen Sachverhalt aufzudecken, wurden zunächst 486 Personen aus der Allgemeinbevölkerung anhand einer Online- Version des Screenings für Somatoforme Störungen (SOMS-2) anhand des oberen und unteren Centils in Personen mit hoher (HSB) und niedriger somatoformer Symptombelastung (NSB) geteilt. Jeweils 29 NSB- (21 Frauen; 26,0 J.) und HSBPersonen (27 Frauen; 28,4 J.) wurden im Labor anhand (1.) verstärkter Körpersignale hinsichtlich kardiovaskulärer Aktivität und Cortisol-Aufwachreaktion, sowie (2.) Filterfunktionen im ZNS hinsichtlich Herzschlag-evozierter Potentiale (HEPs) während der Durchführung eines Herzschlagwahrnehmungstests und während Ruhe untersucht. HEPs reflektieren die Repräsentation kardio-afferenter Signale im ZNS. Die HSB-Gruppe zeigte eine höhere Ruhe-Herzrate (72,7 vs. 66,8 bpm) und eine geringere Herzratenvariabilität (RMSSD: 36,8 vs. 52,5 ms) als die LSB-Gruppe. Außerdem zeigten die HSB-Personen bei der Aufmerksamkeitsfokussierung auf den eigenen Herzschlag eine höhere Reaktivität der HEP-Amplitude als die LSB-Personen. Es gab keine Gruppenunterschiede hinsichtlich der Cortisol-Aufwachreaktion. Die Ergebnisse belegen sowohl (1.) die verstärkte Signalübermittlung von Körperorganen, als auch (2.) verringerte Filterfunktionen bei Personen mit hoher somatoformer Symptombelastung. Dies spricht für die Gültigkeit des Perception-Filter-Modells. Die erhöhte HEP-Reaktivität bezüglich der Aufmerksamkeitsfokussierung auf Körperprozesse könnte einen Biomarker für Personen mit hohem Risiko für die Entwicklung von somatoformen Störungen darstellen. [less ▲]

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See detailInteroceptive accuracy, emotion recognition, and emotion regulation in preschool children
Schaan, Luca; Schulz, André UL; Nuraydin, Sevim et al

in International Journal of Psychophysiology (2019), 138(1), 47-56

Little is known about the conscious experience of internal bodily sensations in preschool-aged children. Given that preschoolers are in the most rapid phase of brain development, and display profound ... [more ▼]

Little is known about the conscious experience of internal bodily sensations in preschool-aged children. Given that preschoolers are in the most rapid phase of brain development, and display profound emotional development, it was the aim of the present study to establish an adapted interoceptive accuracy paradigm and to investigate associations between sociodemographic (age, sex) and emotional variables with interoceptive accuracy. Forty-nine children (aged 4-6 years) completed the jumping jack paradigm, a heartbeat tracking paradigm, which includes a noninvasive physical perturbation via performing jumping jacks for 10 seconds. An interoceptive accuracy score was based on the comparison between self-reported and objectively recorded heart rate prior to and after completion of jumping jacks. Children also completed validated measures for emotion recognition and emotion regulation. Children’s objectively recorded heart rate significantly increased after the JJP by 20 bpm on average. There was a positive relationship between reactivity on self-reported heart rate and objectively recorded heart rate increase. The derived scores for interoceptive accuracy increased with age, suggesting older children to report more self-reported heart rate change than objectively recorded, but were unrelated to children’s sex or BMI. While emotion recognition and regulation significantly increased with age, the interoceptive accuracy score was unrelated to emotion recognition, but marginally associated to emotion regulation. Children with higher interceptive accuracy score (i.e., self-reporting more heart rate change than objectively recorded) received lower emotion regulation score. The present study is the first to depict a novel behavioral paradigm to assess interoceptive accuracy in preschool-aged children. [less ▲]

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See detailLate heartbeat-evoked potentials are associated with survival after cardiac arrest
Schulz, André UL; Stammet, P.; Dierolf, Angelika UL et al

in Resuscitation (2018), 126(1), 7-13

RATIONALE: Cardiac arrest (CA) is a serious condition characterized by high mortality rates, even after initial successful resuscitation, mainly due to neurological damage. Whether brain-heart ... [more ▼]

RATIONALE: Cardiac arrest (CA) is a serious condition characterized by high mortality rates, even after initial successful resuscitation, mainly due to neurological damage. Whether brain-heart communication is associated with outcome after CA is unknown. Heartbeat-evoked brain potentials (HEPs) represent neurophysiological indicators of brain-heart communication. The aim of this study was to address the association between HEPs and survival after CA. METHODS: HEPs were calculated from resting EEG/ECG in 55 CA patients 24 hours after resuscitation. All patients were treated with targeted temperature management and a standardized sedation protocol during assessment. We investigated the association between HEP amplitude (180- 320 ms, 455-595 ms, 860-1000 ms) and 6-month survival. RESULTS: Twenty-five of 55 patients (45%) were still alive at 6-month follow-up. Survivors showed a higher HEP amplitude at frontopolar and frontal electrodes in the late HEP interval than non-survivors. This effect remained significant after controlling for between-group differences in terms of age, Fentanyl dose, and time lag between resuscitation and EEG assessment. There were no group differences in heart rate or heart rate variability. CONCLUSION: Brain-heart communication, as reflected by HEPs, is associated with survival after CA. Future studies should address the brain-heart axis in CA. [less ▲]

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See detailA Latent State-Trait Analysis of Interoceptive Accuracy
Wittkamp, M.; Bertsch, K.; Vögele, Claus UL et al

in Psychophysiology (2018), e0185802

Interoceptive accuracy (IAc), i.e. the ability to accurately perceive one’s own bodily signals, is widely assumed to be a trait, although experimental manipulations, such as stress, may affect IAc. We ... [more ▼]

Interoceptive accuracy (IAc), i.e. the ability to accurately perceive one’s own bodily signals, is widely assumed to be a trait, although experimental manipulations, such as stress, may affect IAc. We used structural equation modeling to estimate the reliability of IAc, and the proportions of individual differences in IAc, explained by a trait and occasion-specific effects of situation and person-situation interactions. We assessed IAc in 59 healthy participants (40 women, MAge = 23.4 years) on three consecutive measurement occasions, approx. one week apart, in a ‘rest’ and ‘poststress’ condition, using a heartbeat counting and a heartbeat discrimination task. The results show fair temporal stability (intraclass correlation coefficients ≥ 0.38) and good reliability (Mdn = .63; range .49-.83) for both methods. While around 40% of the variance of a single IAc measurement could be explained by a trait, approx. 27% were accounted for by occasion-specific effects of situation and person-situation interaction. These results suggest that IAc measures are relatively consistent and that situations and person-situation interactions impact IAc as measured at a certain point in time. An aggregation across at least two measurements is recommended when using IAc as a trait variable. [less ▲]

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See detailRespiratory modulation of startle: effects on subjective intensity and psychomotor response times
Münch, Eva Elisabeth UL; Vögele, Claus UL; Van Diest, Ilse et al

in Hennig, J.; Stark, R. (Eds.) Abstractband Psychologie und Gehirn 2018 (2018)

Respiratory cycle time modulates reflexive startle eye blink responses to acoustic stimuli. Responsible for this effect seems to be the afferent input of slow adapting pulmonary stretch receptors. It ... [more ▼]

Respiratory cycle time modulates reflexive startle eye blink responses to acoustic stimuli. Responsible for this effect seems to be the afferent input of slow adapting pulmonary stretch receptors. It remains unclear, however, whether this respiratory modulation of startle (RMS) effect is also reflected in the modulation of higher cognitive, evaluative processing of the startle stimulus. Twenty-nine healthy volunteers received 80 acoustic startle stimuli (100 or 105 dB(A); 50 ms; binaural; instantaneous rise time), which were presented during peak and ongoing inspiration and expiration, while performing a paced breathing task at 0.25 Hz. Participants first responded to the startle probes by `as fast as possible' button pushes and then rated the perceived intensity of the acoustic stimuli. Psychomotor response time was divided into pre-motor (from stimulus onset to home button release; represents stimulus evaluation) and motor response time (from home button release to target button press). Intensity judgements were higher and evaluative response times accelerated during on-going expiration. No effect of respiratory cycle phase was found on eye blink responses and motor response time. We conclude, therefore, that respiratory cycle phase affects higher cognitive, attentional processing of acoustic startle stimuli. [less ▲]

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See detailRespiratory modulation of startle: effects on subjective intensity and psychomotor response times
Münch, Eva Elisabeth UL; Vögele, Claus UL; Van Diest, Ilse et al

in Abstractband Psychologie und Gehirn 2018 (2018)

Respiratory cycle time modulates reflexive startle eye blink responses to acoustic stimuli. Responsible for this effect seems to be the afferent input of slow adapting pulmonary stretch receptors. It ... [more ▼]

Respiratory cycle time modulates reflexive startle eye blink responses to acoustic stimuli. Responsible for this effect seems to be the afferent input of slow adapting pulmonary stretch receptors. It remains unclear, however, whether this respiratory modulation of startle (RMS) effect is also reflected in the modulation of higher cognitive, evaluative processing of the startle stimulus. Twenty-nine healthy volunteers received 80 acoustic startle stimuli (100 or 105 dB(A); 50 ms; binaural; instantaneous rise time), which were presented during peak and ongoing inspiration and expiration, while performing a paced breathing task at 0.25 Hz. Participants first responded to the startle probes by `as fast as possible' button pushes and then rated the perceived intensity of the acoustic stimuli. Psychomotor response time was divided into pre-motor (from stimulus onset to home button release; represents stimulus evaluation) and motor response time (from home button release to target button press). Intensity judgements were higher and evaluative response times accelerated during on-going expiration. No effect of respiratory cycle phase was found on eye blink responses and motor response time. We conclude, therefore, that respiratory cycle phase affects higher cognitive, attentional processing of acoustic startle stimuli. [less ▲]

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See detailKardiale Modulation der Schreckreaktion bei hoher gegenüber niedriger Symptombelastung: afferente Signalübermittlung auf der Hirn-Körper-Achse beein usst frühe Stimulus-Verarbeitung bei hoher Symptombelastung
Dierolf, Angelika UL; Rost, Silke; Lutz, Annika UL et al

in Hennig, J.; Stark, R. (Eds.) Abstractband Psychologie und Gehirn 2018 (2018)

Somatische Belastungsstörungen (SBS) sind oftmals durch andauernde medizinisch- unerklärte Symptome gekennzeichnet, deren Entstehung größtenteils ungeklärt ist. Diese Studie hatte zum Ziel, die empirisch ... [more ▼]

Somatische Belastungsstörungen (SBS) sind oftmals durch andauernde medizinisch- unerklärte Symptome gekennzeichnet, deren Entstehung größtenteils ungeklärt ist. Diese Studie hatte zum Ziel, die empirisch bislang unbeantwortete Frage zu klären, ob Symptomentstehung auf veränderte Signalübermittlung auf der Hirn-Körper-Achse zurückzuführen ist. Zunächst wurden 486 Personen aus der Allgemeinbevölkerung anhand des SOMS-2 in Personen mit hoher Symptombelastung (HSB; unterstes Perzentil) und niedriger Symptombelastung (NSB; oberstes Perzentil) unterteilt. Personen mit HSB stellen eine besondere Risikogruppe für SBS dar. 28 HSB- und 31 NSB-Personen durchliefen ein Paradigma der kardialen Modulation der Schreckreaktion (CMS), ein Verfahren, das kardio-afferente Signalübermittlung prä-attentiv abbilden kann. Ihnen wurden je zehn akustische Schreckreize (105 dB) in sechs Zeitpunkten nach der kardialen R-Zacke (0, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 ms) präsentiert. Als Indikator für die Schreckreaktion wurden die N1- und P2-Amplitude der auditorisch-evozierten Potenziale über Cz gemessen, da der Effekt der Hirn-Körper-Signalübermittlung im Kortex abgebildet werden sollte. Es zeigten sich geringere N1-Amplituden auf die Schreckreize, die während der systolischen Phase (200, 300 ms) im Vergleich zur diastolischen Phase (0 ms) präsentiert wurden (p=.0002), was für das Vorliegen eines CMS-Effekts spricht. Die HSB-Gruppe zeigte höhere P2-Amplituden als die NSB-Gruppe. Es zeigte sich außerdem, dass der CMS-Effekt bezüglich der N1-Komponente in der HSB-Gruppe geringer ist (p=.035), jedoch bezüglich der P2-Komponente stärker ist als in der NSB-Gruppe (p=.031). Afferente Signalübermittlung auf der Hirn-Körper-Achse könnte bei Personen mit HSB bereits frühe, automatischeWahrnehmungsprozesse verändern, die durch späte, aufmerksamkeits-gesteuerte Prozesse kompensiert werden. Diese prä-attentive Beeinflussung der Stimulus-Verarbeitung könnte ein Mechanismus der Symptomentstehung bei Personen mit HSB und SBS sein. [less ▲]

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See detailLate heartbeat-evoked potentials, indicators of cortical representation of interoceptive signal processing, are associated with survival after cardiac arrest
Schulz, André UL; Stammet, Pascal; Dierolf, Angelika UL et al

in Hennig, J.; Stark, R. (Eds.) Abstractband Psychologie und Gehirn 2018 (2018)

Rationale: Cardiac arrest (CA) is a serious condition characterized by high mortality rates, even after initial successful resuscitation, mainly due to neurological damage. Whether brain-heart ... [more ▼]

Rationale: Cardiac arrest (CA) is a serious condition characterized by high mortality rates, even after initial successful resuscitation, mainly due to neurological damage. Whether brain-heart communication is associated with outcome after CA is unknown. Heartbeat-evoked brain potentials (HEPs) represent neurophysiological indicators of brain-heart communication, as they reflect cortical representation of interoceptive signal processing. The aim of this study was to address the association between HEPs and survival after CA. Methods: HEPs were calculated from resting EEG/ECG in 55 CA patients 24 h after resuscitation. All patients were treated with targeted temperature management and a standardized sedation protocol during assessment. We investigated the association between HEP amplitude (180{320 ms, 455{595 ms, 860{1000 ms) and 6-month survival. Results: Twenty-five of 55 patients (45%) were still alive at 6-month follow-up. Survivors showed a higher HEP amplitude at frontopolar and frontal electrodes in the late HEP interval than non-survivors. This effect remained significant after controlling for between-group differences in terms of age, Fentanyl dose, and time lag between resuscitation and EEG assessment. There were no group differences in heart rate or heart rate variability. Conclusion: Brain-heart communication, as re ected by HEPs, is associated with survival after CA. Cardiovascular autonomic arousal may not be involved in mediating this effect. Adequate cortical representation of interoceptive signals may be essential to preserve cariovascular health and should be in the focus of prevention strategies. Future studies should address the brain-heart axis in CA. [less ▲]

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See detailPost-learning cold pressor stress, after a heartbeat perception training, enhances interoceptive accuracy in high blood pressure responders
Breden, Ion-Hideo UL; Fischbach, Jean; Schenk, Lara UL et al

in Hennig, J.; Stark, R. (Eds.) Abstractband Psychologie und Gehirn 2018 (2018)

Interoceptive accuracy (IAc) plays an important role for generation of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) and trainings to enhance IAc reduces the perceived symptom severity of MUS. Post-learning stress ... [more ▼]

Interoceptive accuracy (IAc) plays an important role for generation of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) and trainings to enhance IAc reduces the perceived symptom severity of MUS. Post-learning stress may facilitate recognition learning. It is yet unknown, however, if acute stress, when evoked during the memory consolidation phase, could enhance the visceral learning in a heartbeat perception training (HBPT). The present study is the first to investigate the effects of a socially evaluated cold pressor test (SECPT) induced after a HBPT aimed at increasing IAc. The sample consisted of 48 healthy students (28 women). IAc was assessed at three different time points: (1) once as a baseline measure, (2) 30 minutes after the SECPT, and (3) the day after. Assessment of IAc was performed using the heartbeat perception task developed by Schandry (1981). The HBPT followed the baseline IAc assessment and was a replication of the paradigm developed by Schaefer et al. (2014). The SECPT followed immediately after the HBPT. Results showed that post-encoding stress significantly increased IAc between T1 and T3 for participants showing a high blood pressure (BP) response in the SECPT compared to the control group, whereas low BP responders did not show such an effect. This indicates that post-encoding stress enhances visceral memory consolidation in high BP responders compared to low BP responder and non-stressed control participants. Post-learning stress facilitation of visceral learning and memory may represent a mechanism underlying symptom generation, which should be addressed in studies on somatic symptom disorders in the future. [less ▲]

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See detailSensing Your Body: Interoceptive Awareness and Medically Unexplained Symptoms
Flasinski, Tabea UL; Dierolf, Angelika UL; Voderholzer, Ulrich et al

in Abtracts of the 32nd Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society (2018)

According to contemporary theories of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS), alterations in interoception play a major role in symptom development and maintenance. Nevertheless, the mechanisms underlying ... [more ▼]

According to contemporary theories of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS), alterations in interoception play a major role in symptom development and maintenance. Nevertheless, the mechanisms underlying this relationship remains unclear. To address this unresolved issue, we investigated whether individuals with varying degrees of MUS differ in different facets of interoceptive awareness as assessed with the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA) questionnaire. In study 1, 486 individuals were screened with an online version of the Screening for Somatoform Disorders (SOMS-2). Individuals with a SOMS index below 5 (low reporter, n=32) and above 20 (high reporter, n=32) were invited to fill in the MAIA. High symptom reporter had lower scores on the Not-Distracting, Not-Worrying, and Trusting subscales, and higher scores on the Emotional Awareness subscale (Cohen´s d=.70–1.16). In study 2, individuals with DSM-IV somatoform disorder (SFD; n=25) were compared to individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD; n=24) and healthy controls (HC; n=25). The SFD and MDD groups had lower scores on the Not-Distracting, Attention Regulation, Self-Regulation, and Trusting subscales than HC. The MDD group had lower scores than the SFD and HC groups on the Body Listening subscale (partial eta-squared=.18-.26). No differences with regard to Noticing of bodily sensations were found. Groups with subclinical SFD, SFD and MDD do not differ from healthy individuals in terms of actual body perception, whereas cognitive facets of interoception, such as distraction or self-regulation are differentially affected. This highlights the necessity of including specifically targeted mindfulness-based interventions [less ▲]

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See detailLate heartbeat-evoked potentials, indicators of cortical representation of interoceptive signal processing, are associated with survival after cardiac arrest
Schulz, André UL; Stammet, Pascal; Dierolf, Angelika UL et al

in Abstractband Psychologie und Gehirn 2018 (2018)

Rationale: Cardiac arrest (CA) is a serious condition characterized by high mortality rates, even after initial successful resuscitation, mainly due to neurological damage. Whether brain-heart ... [more ▼]

Rationale: Cardiac arrest (CA) is a serious condition characterized by high mortality rates, even after initial successful resuscitation, mainly due to neurological damage. Whether brain-heart communication is associated with outcome after CA is unknown. Heartbeat-evoked brain potentials (HEPs) represent neurophysiological indicators of brain-heart communication, as they reflect cortical representation of interoceptive signal processing. The aim of this study was to address the association between HEPs and survival after CA. Methods: HEPs were calculated from resting EEG/ECG in 55 CA patients 24 h after resuscitation. All patients were treated with targeted temperature management and a standardized sedation protocol during assessment. We investigated the association between HEP amplitude (180{320 ms, 455{595 ms, 860{1000 ms) and 6-month survival. Results: Twenty-five of 55 patients (45%) were still alive at 6-month follow-up. Survivors showed a higher HEP amplitude at frontopolar and frontal electrodes in the late HEP interval than non-survivors. This effect remained significant after controlling for between-group differences in terms of age, Fentanyl dose, and time lag between resuscitation and EEG assessment. There were no group differences in heart rate or heart rate variability. Conclusion: Brain-heart communication, as reflected by HEPs, is associated with survival after CA. Cardiovascular autonomic arousal may not be involved in mediating this e ect. Adequate cortical representation of interoceptive signals may be essential to preserve cariovascular health and should be in the focus of prevention strategies. Future studies should address the brain-heart axis in CA. [less ▲]

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See detailPost-learning cold pressor stress, after a heartbeat perception training, enhances interoceptive accuracy in high blood pressure responders
Breden, Ion-Hideo UL; Fischbach, Jean; Schenk, Lara UL et al

in Abstractband Psychologie und Gehirn 2018 (2018)

Interoceptive accuracy (IAc) plays an important role for generation of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) and trainings to enhance IAc reduces the perceived symptom severity of MUS. Post-learning stress ... [more ▼]

Interoceptive accuracy (IAc) plays an important role for generation of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) and trainings to enhance IAc reduces the perceived symptom severity of MUS. Post-learning stress may facilitate recognition learning. It is yet unknown, however, if acute stress, when evoked during the memory consolidation phase, could enhance the visceral learning in a heartbeat perception training (HBPT). The present study is the first to investigate the effects of a socially evaluated cold pressor test (SECPT) induced after a HBPT aimed at increasing IAc. The sample consisted of 48 healthy students (28 women). IAc was assessed at three different time points: (1) once as a baseline measure, (2) 30 minutes after the SECPT, and (3) the day after. Assessment of IAc was performed using the heartbeat perception task developed by Schandry (1981). The HBPT followed the baseline IAc assessment and was a replication of the paradigm developed by Schaefer et al. (2014). The SECPT followed immediately after the HBPT. Results showed that post-encoding stress significantly increased IAc between T1 and T3 for participants showing a high blood pressure (BP) response in the SECPT compared to the control group, whereas low BP responders did not show such an effect. This indicates that post-encoding stress enhances visceral memory consolidation in high BP responders compared to low BP responder and non-stressed control participants. Post-learning stress facilitation of visceral learning and memory may represent a mechanism underlying symptom generation, which should be addressed in studies on somatic symptom disorders in the future. [less ▲]

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See detailImpaired filter function in patients with somatoform disorders and major depression, as reflected by auditory evoked potentials in an oddball and an active distraction paradigm
Hutmacher, Djenna UL; Dierolf, Angelika UL; Lutz, Annika UL et al

in Abstractband Psychologie und Gehirn 2018 (2018)

Introduction: In the in influential perception-filter model of somatoform disorders (SD), three stages of symptom perception are postulated: (1) bodily signals, which may be amplified by stress, (2) a ... [more ▼]

Introduction: In the in influential perception-filter model of somatoform disorders (SD), three stages of symptom perception are postulated: (1) bodily signals, which may be amplified by stress, (2) a filter system, which distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant stimuli, and (3) cortical perception of physical symptoms. As there is dearth of evidence so far supporting the relationship between (1) bodily signals and (2) filter processes in SD, this study investigated if filter processes are altered in SD and if stress may affect filter mechanisms. Methods: Twenty-four patients with SD, 24 with depression and 24 healthy control individuals were assessed. Event-related potentials (ERPs) with two different auditory distraction procedures were recorded over four blocks, one before and three after either a socially evaluated cold pressor test (SECPT) or a control procedure. We manipulated both the frequency of and the attentional focus on stimuli to reflect filter processes. Results: We found smaller P3b amplitudes (reflecting memory storage) in patients with depression and SD, as compared to healthy controls. Furthermore, both patient groups showed a smaller P3a amplitude (reflecting attention), when counting the infrequent tone ("Oddball task") and a smaller N1 amplitude when counting the frequent tone ("active distraction"). In patients with SD, the SECPT had a decreasing effect on P3a amplitudes. Conclusions: Both late filter processes, reflecting attention (P3a) and memory storage (P3b), may be impaired in SD and depression. As acute stress affected attention in SD patients only, the impact of bodily signals (1) on filter processes (2) may be specific for SD. [less ▲]

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See detailGeneralized hypervigilance in fibromyalgia: normal interoceptive accuracy, but reduced self-regulatory capacity
Rost, Silke UL; Van Ryckeghem, Dimitri UL; Schulz, André UL et al

in Journal of Psychosomatic Research (2017), 93(2), 48-54

Objective: The factors underlying the aetiology of fibromyalgia (FM) are largely unknown. According to the generalized hypervigilance hypothesis (GHH), FM patients show excessive attention towards pain ... [more ▼]

Objective: The factors underlying the aetiology of fibromyalgia (FM) are largely unknown. According to the generalized hypervigilance hypothesis (GHH), FM patients show excessive attention towards pain stimuli and other sensory events, thereby increasing pain perception and dysfunctional behaviour. We tested this notion by assessing interoceptive accuracy (IA) in FM patients and matched healthy controls. We also tested the hypothesis that FM is characterized by reduced self-regulatory capacity as indexed by heart rate variability (HRV). Methods: 47 FM patients (Mage = 45.5, 39 females) and 45 healthy controls (Mage = 44.9, 37 females) completed several self-report scales (Body Vigilance Scale, Depression Anxiety Stress Scales, Pain Catastrophizing Scale). To derive HRV, heart rate was monitored under resting conditions; for the assessment of IA participants performed a heartbeat tracking task in which they were asked to silently count their heartbeats. Results: FM patients reported higher body vigilance than healthy controls, but there were no group differences in IA. FM patients had lower HRV compared with healthy controls. HRV did not predictor IA. Conclusion: In conclusion, our findings do not support the hypothesis of generalized hypervigilance in FM patients. Patients reported a heightened focus on bodily sensations, which was not reflected in IA. It may be that hypervigilance is not a general and stable characteristic but is rather context dependent and modality-specific. [less ▲]

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See detailInterozeption und Stress: die Psychophysiologie der bi-direktionalen Kommunikation auf der Hirn-Körper-Achse
Schulz, André UL

in Schächinger, H. (Ed.) Abstractband 43. Tagung Psychologie und Gehirn (2017)

Gehirn und Körper tauschen permanent Informationen aus. Interozeption, die Wahrnehmung von Körperprozessen, ist ein wichtiges Beispiel für aufsteigende Informationsübermittlung vom Körper zum Gehirn ... [more ▼]

Gehirn und Körper tauschen permanent Informationen aus. Interozeption, die Wahrnehmung von Körperprozessen, ist ein wichtiges Beispiel für aufsteigende Informationsübermittlung vom Körper zum Gehirn. Stress wiederum kann als prototypisch für absteigende Informationen vom Gehirn zum Körper gesehen werden. Eine Veränderung der Kommunikation auf der Hirn-Körper-Achse kann zur Entstehung körperlicher Symptome bei psychischen Störungen führen. Neueste Theorien zu Interozeption weisen darauf hin, dass es sich nicht um ein uniformes Konstrukt handelt, sondern in die Facetten ‚Bewusstheit‘ (Awareness), ‚Sensibilität‘ (Sensibility), ‚Genauigkeit‘ (Accuracy) und ZNS-Repräsentation afferenter Körpersignale separiert werden kann. Körperliche Symptome können aus der selektiven Veränderung weniger Facetten entstehen. Stress kann differenziert werden in psychologische (selbstberichteten Stress), sowie physiologische Komponenten, wie die Aktivität der beiden physiologischen Stressachsen, des autonomen Nervensystems und der HPA-Achse. In diesem Symposium werden erstmals Erkenntnisse zum Zusammenhang von Interozeption und Stress auf allen Beobachtungsebenen integriert. Zunächst werden Zusammenhänge von akuter Stressreaktivität und –Erholung mit ‚Interozeptiver Genauigkeit‘ bei gesunden Probanden diskutiert (van Dyck/Luxemburg). Anschließend werden Erkenntnisse zu chronischem Stress, ‚Interozeptiver Bewusstheit‘ und gesundheitlichen Beschwerden bei Angestellten präsentiert (Trojan/Landau). Danach wird die ZNS-Repräsentation von Körpersignalen und ‚Interozeptive Genauigkeit‘ bei Kindern und Jugendlichen besprochen (Mai/Ulm), da sich das Jugendalter als entwicklungsbedingte Phase besonderer Stressvulnerabilität erweist. Im der folgenden Studie wird ‚Interozeptive Genauigkeit‘, Stressbelastung und –reaktivität bei Erwachsenen mit einer Trennungserfahrung der Eltern im Kindesalter als Stressor untersucht (Schaan/Luxemburg). Abschließend werden Daten zu ZNS-Repräsentation von Körpersignalen und HPA-Achsenaktivität bei posttraumatischer Belastungsstörung präsentiert (Müller/Heidelberg). Letztlich wird eine Synthese der Einzelbefunde in eine erweiterte Theorie zu Interozeption und Stress diskutiert. [less ▲]

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Schaan, Violetta UL; Schulz, André UL; Vögele, Claus UL

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Traumatische Belastungen während der Kindheit können das Risiko für die Entwicklung unsicherer Bindungsstile erhöhen, die bereits mit langfristigen psychischen und körperlichen Gesundheitsproblemen in ... [more ▼]

Traumatische Belastungen während der Kindheit können das Risiko für die Entwicklung unsicherer Bindungsstile erhöhen, die bereits mit langfristigen psychischen und körperlichen Gesundheitsproblemen in Beziehung gebracht wurden. Die zugrundeliegenden Prozesse sind allerdings noch weitestgehend unklar. Wir präsentieren zwei Studien, die den Zusammenhang zwischen kindlichem Stress und Gesundheit im Erwachsenenalter sowie Körperwahrnehmung und Gedächtnisfähigkeit untersuchen. In der ersten Studie nahmen 199 Teilnehmer an einer Onlineumfrage teil, bei der Gesundheit, frühkindliches Trauma, Resilienz und Zurückweisungssensitivität gemessen wurden. Teilnehmer mit geschiedenen Eltern berichteten erhöhte psychische Belastungswerte, kindliches Trauma, Zurückweisungssensitivität und weniger Resilienz. Die Beziehung zwischen elterlicher Scheidung und psychischer Gesundheit konnte vollständig durch diese vier Faktoren erklärt werden (Varianzaufklärung 44%). In einer zweiten Studie wurden bei 60 Teilnehmern verschiedene Selbstbericht-Parameter erhoben und die Gedächtnis- und Interozeptionsfähigkeit vor und nach einem Stresstest untersucht. Erwachsene mit einer Vorgeschichte von elterlicher Trennung berichteten mehr bindungsbezogene Angst und Vermeidung als Kontrollpersonen. Das Erlebnis einer elterlichen Scheidung war negativ mit der Gedächtnisleistung nach dem Stresstest korreliert. Weiterhin weisen die Ergebnisse auf einen quadratischen Zusammenhang zwischen Stress und Interozeptionsfähigkeit hin. [less ▲]

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Schaan, Violetta UL; Schulz, André UL; Vögele, Claus UL

in Schächinger, H. (Ed.) Abstractband 43. Tagung Psychologie und Gehirn (2017)

Traumatische Belastungen während der Kindheit können das Risiko für die Entwicklung unsicherer Bindungsstile erhöhen, die bereits mit langfristigen psychischen und körperlichen Gesundheitsproblemen in ... [more ▼]

Traumatische Belastungen während der Kindheit können das Risiko für die Entwicklung unsicherer Bindungsstile erhöhen, die bereits mit langfristigen psychischen und körperlichen Gesundheitsproblemen in Beziehung gebracht wurden. Die zugrundeliegenden Prozesse sind allerdings noch weitestgehend unklar. Da interozeptive Signale die Regulation negativer Emotionen als Reaktion auf sozialer Zurückweisung begünstigen können, die infolge einer Stressbelastung verändert sein könnten, wurde insbesondere der Effekt von kindlichem Stress auf Interozeption untersucht. Wir präsentieren zwei Studien, die den Zusammenhang zwischen kindlichem Stress und Gesundheit im Erwachsenenalter sowie Körperwahrnehmung und Gedächtnisfähigkeit untersuchen. In der ersten Studie nahmen 199 Teilnehmer an einer Onlineumfrage teil, bei der Gesundheit, frühkindliches Trauma, Resilienz und Zurückweisungssensitivität gemessen wurden. Teilnehmer mit geschiedenen Eltern berichteten erhöhte psychische Belastungswerte, kindliches Trauma, Zurückweisungssensitivität und weniger Resilienz. Die Beziehung zwischen elterlicher Scheidung und psychischer Gesundheit konnte vollständig durch diese vier Faktoren erklärt werden (Varianzaufklärung 44%). In einer zweiten Studie wurden bei 60 Teilnehmern verschiedene Selbstberichts-Parameter erhoben und die Gedächtnis- und Interozeptionsfähigkeit (Schandry Herzschlagwahrnehmungstest/EKG) vor und nach einem sozial-evaluativen Kaltwasser-Stresstest untersucht. Die Reaktion des autonomen Nervensystems wurde mithilfe von Herzraten- und Blutdruckvariabilität bestimmt. Erwachsene mit einer Vorgeschichte von elterlicher Trennung berichteten mehr bindungsbezogene Angst und Vermeidung als Kontrollpersonen. Das Erlebnis einer elterlichen Scheidung war negativ mit der Gedächtnisleistung nach dem Stresstest korreliert. Weiterhin weisen die Ergebnisse auf einen quadratischen Zusammenhang zwischen kindlicher Stressbelastung und Interozeptionsfähigkeit hin. Basierend auf diesen Ergebnissen könnte ein ‚gesunder Normbereich‘ der Interozeptionsfähigkeit existieren. Kindlicher Stress könnte sowohl eine Verringerung, als auch eine Erhöhung der Interozeptionsfähigkeit bewirken, was beides mit gesundheitlichen Problemen assoziiert sein könnte. [less ▲]

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