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See detailIntegrating mixed method data in psychological research: Combining Q methodology and questionnaires in a study investigating cultural and psychological influences on adolescent sexual behavior.
Franz, Anke; Worrell, Marcia; Vögele, Claus UL

in Journal of Mixed Methods Research (2013), 7(4), 370-389

In recent years, combining quantitative and qualitative research methods in the same study has become more and more acceptable in both applied and academic psychological research. However, a difficulty ... [more ▼]

In recent years, combining quantitative and qualitative research methods in the same study has become more and more acceptable in both applied and academic psychological research. However, a difficulty for many mixed methods researchers is how to integrate findings consistently. The value of using a coherent framework throughout the research process is discussed. Arguments are illustrated by referring to a study on individual- and cultural-level influences on attitudes to sexual health behaviours conducted with adolescents in Germany and England between 2005 and 2009. The article concludes that using an appropriate framework throughout the research process can ensure integration of findings in a consistent and coherent way. This can improve mixed-methods research and produce greater “yield’ (O’Cathain et al., 2007, 147). [less ▲]

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See detailHeart rate variability as an indicator of self-regulatory processes in restrained eating behaviour
Lutz, Annika UL; Van Dyck, Zoé UL; Vögele, Claus UL

in Psychophysiology (2013, September), 50(S1), 81

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See detailRestrained eating predicts increased autonomic reactivity during food exposure in young women
Van Dyck, Zoé UL; Lutz, Annika UL; Vögele, Claus UL

in Psychology and Health (2013, August 02), 28

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See detailThe psychology of eating. Speciality Grand Challenge article.
Meule, Adrian; Vögele, Claus UL

in Frontiers in Psychology (2013), 4

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See detailEnhanced cardiac perception is associated with increased susceptibility to framing effects
Sütterlin, Stefan UL; Schulz, Stefan M.; Stumpf, Theresa et al

in Cognitive Science (2013), 37

Previous studies suggest in line with dual process models that interoceptive skills affect controlled decisions via automatic or implicit processing. The "framing effect" is considered to capture implicit ... [more ▼]

Previous studies suggest in line with dual process models that interoceptive skills affect controlled decisions via automatic or implicit processing. The "framing effect" is considered to capture implicit effects of task-irrelevant emotional stimuli on decisionmaking. We hypothesized that cardiac awareness, as a measure of interoceptive skills, is positively associated with susceptibility to the framing effect. Forty volunteers performed a risky-choice framing task in which the effect of loss vs. gain frames on decisions based on identical information was assessed. The results show a positive association between cardiac awareness and the framing effect, accounting for 24 % of the variance in the framing effect. These findings demonstrate that good interoceptive skills are linked to poorer performance in risky choices based on ambivalent information when implicit bias is induced by task irrelevant emotional information. These findings support a dual process perspective on decision-making and suggest that interoceptive skills mediate effects of implicit bias on decisions. [less ▲]

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See detailQuality of life, emotion regulation, and heart rate variability in individuals with intellectual disabilities and concomitant impaired vision
Meule, Adrian; Fath, Katharina; Real, Ruben et al

in Psychology of Well-Being (2013), 3

Background: Positive associations have been found between quality of life, emotion regulation strategies, and heart rate variability (HRV) in people without intellectual disabilities. However, emotion ... [more ▼]

Background: Positive associations have been found between quality of life, emotion regulation strategies, and heart rate variability (HRV) in people without intellectual disabilities. However, emotion regulation and HRV have rarely been investigated in people with intellectual disabilities. Assessment of subjectively reported quality of life and emotion regulation strategies in this population is even more difficult when participants are also visually impaired. Methods: Subjective and objective quality of life, emotion regulation strategies, and HRV at rest were measured in a sample of people with intellectual disabilities and concomitant impaired vision (N = 35). Heart rate was recorded during a 10 min resting period. For the assessment of quality of life and emotion regulation, custom made tactile versions of questionnaire-based instruments were used that enabled participants to grasp response categories. Results: The combined use of reappraisal and suppression as emotion regulation strategies was associated with higher HRV and quality of life. HRV was associated with objective quality of life only. Emotion regulation strategies partially mediated the relationship between HRV and quality of life. Conclusions: Results replicate findings about associations between quality of life, emotion regulation, and HRV and extend them to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Furthermore, this study demonstrated that quality of life and emotion regulation could be assessed in such populations even with concomitant impaired vision with modified tactile versions of established questionnaires. HRV may be used as a physiological index to evaluate physical and affective conditions in this population. [less ▲]

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See detailVerhaltensinstruktionen
Vögele, Claus UL

in Wirtz, Markus (Ed.) Dorsch – Lexikon der Psychologie (2013)

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See detailStress- und Immunreaktion, präoperative.
Vögele, Claus UL

in Wirtz, Markus (Ed.) Dorsch – Lexikon der Psychologie (2013)

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See detailOperationsvorbereitung, psychologische.
Vögele, Claus UL

in Wirtz, Markus (Ed.) Dorsch – Lexikon der Psychologie (2013)

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See detailEating healthily: a task for health education?
Vögele, Claus UL

in Agro Food Industry Hi Tech (2013), 23(6), 3-3

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See detail11. Kongress der Fachgruppe Gesundheitspsychologie, Abstractband
Vögele, Claus UL

Book published by University of Luxembourg (2013)

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See detailStress und Interozeption: Die Rolle von Aufmerksamkeit und physiologischen Stressindikatoren
Schulz, André UL; Vögele, Claus UL; Schächinger, H.

in Vögele, Claus (Ed.) 11. Kongress der Fachgruppe Gesundheitspsychologie - Selbstregulation und Gesundheit (2013)

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See detailHerzratenvariabilität als Indikator für Selbstregulationsprozesse bei gezügeltem Essverhalten
Lutz, Annika UL; Van Dyck, Zoé UL; Vögele, Claus UL

in 11. Kongress der Fachgruppe Gesundheitspsychologie: Selbstregulation und Gesundheit: Abstractband des Kongresses (2013)

EINFÜHRUNG. Gezügelte Esser unterwerfen ihr Essverhalten einer ausgeprägten kognitiven Kontrolle. Sie versuchen andauernd, hochkalorische Nahrungsmittel zu vermeiden und diesen zu widerstehen. Dabei sind ... [more ▼]

EINFÜHRUNG. Gezügelte Esser unterwerfen ihr Essverhalten einer ausgeprägten kognitiven Kontrolle. Sie versuchen andauernd, hochkalorische Nahrungsmittel zu vermeiden und diesen zu widerstehen. Dabei sind sie jedoch sehr anfällig für ein kurzfristiges Versagen der Selbstregulation. Herzratenvariabilität (HRV) ist ein Indikator für Selbstregulationskapazität und -anstrengung. Sie steigt während des Versuchs, einem hochkalorischen Nahrungsmittel zu widerstehen, kurzfristig an. Im Anschluss an eine solche Anstrengung sind die Selbstregulationsressourcen vorübergehend erschöpft. Auf Grundlage dieser Befunde wurden in der vorliegenden Studie Veränderungen der HRV während der Konfrontation mit hoch- vs. niedrigkalorischen Nahrungsmitteln bei gezügelten und ungezügelten Essern untersucht. METHODIK. Nach dreistündigem Fasten wurden 60 Studentinnen entweder mit einem hochkalorischen (Brownie) oder mit einem niedrigkalorischen (Karotte) Nahrungsmittel konfrontiert. Sie wurden gebeten, das Nahrungsmittel zu betrachten und seinen Geruch wahrzunehmen, es aber nicht zu essen. Währenddessen wurde kontinuierlich die Herzrate aufgezeichnet. Zusätzlich fanden Ruhemessungen vor und nach der Konfrontation statt. Gezügeltes Essverhalten wurde mit dem Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire erfasst. ERGEBNISSE. Gezügelte Esser zeigten während der Konfrontation mit hochkalorischen Nahrungsmitteln einen stärkeren Anstieg der HRV als während der Konfrontation mit niedrigkalorischen Nahrungsmitteln. Bei ungezügelten Essern stieg die HRV in beiden Bedingungen gleich stark an. SCHLUSSFOLGERUNGEN. Gezügelte Esser setzen bei der Konfrontation mit hochkalorischen Nahrungsmitteln vermehrt Selbstregulationsressourcen ein, um sich zu kontrollieren. Bei der Konfrontation mit niedrigkalorischen Nahrungsmitteln, die den Erfolg ihrer Diät nicht bedrohen, scheint dies nur in geringem Maß nötig zu sein. Möglicherweise handelt es sich hier um eine Strategie zur Schonung von Selbstregulationsressourcen, um diese effektiver für die Vermeidung hochkalorischer Nahrungsmittel einsetzen zu können. Die Verwendung psychophysiologischer Methoden erweist sich als vielversprechender Ansatz zur Untersuchung grundlegender Selbstregulationsprozesse im Bereich des gezügelten Essverhaltens. [less ▲]

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See detailRisk for eating disorders modulates startle-responses to body words
Herbert, Cornelia; Kübler, Andrea; Vögele, Claus UL

in PLoS ONE (2013), 8(1), 53667

Body image disturbances are core symptoms of eating disorders (EDs). Recent evidence suggests that changes in body image may occur prior to ED onset and are not restricted to in-vivo exposure (e.g. mirror ... [more ▼]

Body image disturbances are core symptoms of eating disorders (EDs). Recent evidence suggests that changes in body image may occur prior to ED onset and are not restricted to in-vivo exposure (e.g. mirror image), but also evident during presentation of abstract cues such as body shape and weight related words. In the present study startle modulation, heart rate and subjective evaluations were examined during reading of body words and neutral words in 41 student female volunteers screened for risk of EDs. The aim was to determine if responses to body words are attributable to a general negativity bias regardless of ED risk or if activated, ED relevant negative body schemas facilitate priming of defensive responses. Heart rate and word ratings differed between body words and neutral words in the whole female sample, supporting a general processing bias for body weight and shape related concepts in young women regardless of ED risk. Startle modulation was specifically related to eating disorder symptoms as was indicated by significant positive correlations with self-reported body dissatisfaction. These results emphasize the relevance of examining body schema representations as a function of ED risk across different levels of responding. Peripheral-physiological measures such as the startle reflex could possibly be used as predictors of females’ risk for developing EDs in the future. [less ▲]

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See detailCold pressor stress induces opposite effects on cardioceptive accuracy dependent on assessment paradigm
Schulz, André UL; Lass-Hennemann, Johanna; Sütterlin, Stefan UL et al

in Biological Psychology (2013), 93(1), 167-174

Interoception depends on visceral afferent neurotraffic and central control processes. Physiological arousal and organ activation provide the biochemical and mechanical basis for visceral afferent ... [more ▼]

Interoception depends on visceral afferent neurotraffic and central control processes. Physiological arousal and organ activation provide the biochemical and mechanical basis for visceral afferent neurotraffic. Perception of visceral symptoms occurs when attention is directed toward body sensations. Clinical studies suggest that stress contributes to the generation of visceral symptoms. However, during stress exposure attention is normally shifted away from bodily signals. Therefore, the net effects of stress on interoception remain unclear. We, therefore, investigated the impact of the cold pressor test or a control intervention (each n = 21) on three established laboratory paradigms to assess cardioceptive accuracy (CA): for the Schandry-paradigm, participants were asked to count heartbeats, while during the Whitehead-tasks subjects were asked to rate whether a cardiac sensation appeared simultaneously with an auditory or visual stimulus. CA was increased by stress when attention was focused on visceral sensations (Schandry), while it decreased when attention was additionally directed toward external stimuli (visual Whitehead). Explanations for these results are offered in terms of internal versus external deployment of attention, as well as specific effects of the cold pressor on the cardiovascular system. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Online Platform as a Tool for Surveys by Patient Associations
Lygidakis, Charilaos UL; Vögele, Claus UL; Cambiaso, Silvio et al

in Global Telemedicine and eHealth Updates: Knowledge Resources (2013), 6

Patients are increasingly interested in sharing their experiences and learning about their conditions, their prevention and treatments, and are more frequently turning into advocates. The connectivity and ... [more ▼]

Patients are increasingly interested in sharing their experiences and learning about their conditions, their prevention and treatments, and are more frequently turning into advocates. The connectivity and the wide availability of data have been shown to support this development enabling patients to play an active role in healthcare. The “Lumos!” platform is a web-based solution that has been designed to facilitate teams of researchers conducting multicentre studies, especially in countries and contexts with low research capacity. Nevertheless, it can be modified and tailored as a tool for research studies carried out by patient organisations. The aim of this study is to assess the feasibility of an online platform as a tool for anonymous surveys conducted by a patient organisation. Methods: A questionnaire is currently being distributed in the Region of Emilia Romagna (Italy) by the Regional Federation of Diabetics with the aim to study the needs of patients that use self-check-up devices. This observational study has been designed online with the use of the “Lumos!” platform, which enables the creation of the questionnaire with adjustable fields and variables, using the expertise of the participants and the creation of reports. Furthermore, a URL and a QR code linking to the questionnaire are being published on Social Networks and websites inviting people to participate in the study. Several data will be retrieved from the logs of the platform, such as the time required to complete a questionnaire by a patient, the number and types of errors, and the percentage of completed items. These variables will be analysed taking into account the demographic characteristics of the patients. Conclusions: By studying the indicators of the implementation and the characteristics of the participants, it will be possible to optimise participation rates and achieve higher engagement from the participants in the future. We expect that with the help of the online platform, patient associations will be supported in their quest to conduct surveys and, as a secondary outcome; they will empower their members to play a more active role in healthcare. [less ▲]

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See detailKurzzeitige Nahrungsdeprivation erhöht Herzschlag-evozierte Potenziale (HEPs) als Indikatoren für kortikale Verarbeitung kardial-interozeptiver Prozesse
Schulz, André UL; Ferreira de Sá, Diana S.; Strelzyk, Florian et al

in Trierer Psychologische Berichte (2013), 38(1), 52-53

Interozeption – die Wahrnehmung von Körpervorgängen – spielt bei der Regulation des Essverhaltens möglicherweise eine entscheidende Rolle. Nahrungsdeprivation hat eine Reihe von metabolischen und ... [more ▼]

Interozeption – die Wahrnehmung von Körpervorgängen – spielt bei der Regulation des Essverhaltens möglicherweise eine entscheidende Rolle. Nahrungsdeprivation hat eine Reihe von metabolischen und endokrinologischen Konsequenzen. Bei kurzzeitiger Nahrungsdeprivation zeigt sich eine Erhöhung des sympathischen Tonus, welche dafür verantwortlich sein könnte, dass sich die Interozeptionsgenauigkeit gegenüber kardialer Stimuli gleichzeitig erhöht. Die physiologischen Grundlagen von Interozeption sind die Übermittlung von viszeral-afferenten neuronalen Signalen, während die Wahrnehmung dieser Signale die Lenkung der Aufmerksamkeit auf diese Signale erfordert. Bisherige Ergebnisse gehen auf Leistungen in Herzschlagdetektionsaufgaben zurück. Obwohl diese Methoden mehrfach validiert wurden, sind sie wahrscheinlich ungeeignet dazu, die viszeral-afferente Signalübermittlung und Aufmerksamkeitslenkung auf diese Signale voneinander zu trennen. Daher hatte die vorliegende Studienreihe zum Ziel, den Einfluss von kurzzeitiger Nahrungsdeprivation auf Herzschlag-evozierte Potenziale (HEPs) in Ruhebedingung zu untersuchen. Die HEPs gelten als psychophysiologischer Indikator für die kortikale Verarbeitung kardial-interozeptiver Prozesse. Bislang ist unbekannt, ob metabolische und endokrinologische Prozesse HEPs modulieren können. In einer ersten Studie wurden 16 gesunden Männern (Alter: 23,8 [2,1] Jahre) intravenös sowohl das Stresshormon Cortisol, als auch eine Placebo-Substanz verabreicht. Es zeigte sich, dass Cortisol bei offenen Augen kurzfristig zu einer höheren HEP-Amplitude führte, als bei geschlossenen Augen (p = .03). Daraus kann man ableiten, dass endokrinologische Prozesse das Potenzial haben, die HEP-Amplitude zu modulieren. In der folgenden Studie wurden 16 gesunde Frauen (Alter: 22,6 [1,9] Jahre) sowohl nach standardisierter Nahrungsaufnahme, als auch nach 18-stündiger Nahrungsdeprivation getestet. Es zeigte sich eine Erhöhung der HEP-Amplitude nach Nahrungsdeprivation (p = .02). Gleichzeitig konnten keine Veränderungen der Herzrate, noch der Herzratenvariabilität beobachtet werden. Unsere Ergebnisse legen nahe, dass Nahrungsdeprivation die kortikale Verarbeitung afferenter Signale aus dem kardiovaskulären System intensiviert, was nicht durch eine höhere sympathische Aktivität erklärt werden kann. Mögliche physiologische Signalwege und Implikationen für die Ätiologie von Essstörungen werden diskutiert. [less ▲]

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See detailThe negative affect repair questionnaire: factor analysis and psychometric evaluation in three samples
Scherer, Anne; Eberle, Nicole; Boecker, Maren et al

in BMC Psychiatry (2013), 13(1), 16

Negative affect and difficulties in its regulation have been connected to several adverse psychological consequences. While several questionnaires exist, it would be important to have a theory-based ... [more ▼]

Negative affect and difficulties in its regulation have been connected to several adverse psychological consequences. While several questionnaires exist, it would be important to have a theory-based measure that includes clinically relevant items and shows good psychometric properties in healthy and patient samples. This study aims at developing such a questionnaire, combining the two Gross [1] scales Reappraisal and Suppression with an additional response-focused scale called Externalizing Behavioral Strategies covering clinically relevant items. The samples consisted of 684 students (mean age = 23.3, SD = 3.5; 53.6% female) and 369 persons with mixed mental disorders (mean age = 36.0 SD = 14.6; 71.2% female). Items for the questionnaire were derived from existing questionnaires and additional items were formulated based on suggestions by clinical experts. All items start with ―When I don’t feel well, in order to feel better...‖. Participants rated how frequently they used each strategy on a 5-point Likert scale. Confirmatory Factor Analyses were conducted to verify the factor structure in two separate student samples and a clinical sample. Group comparisons and correlations with other questionnaires were calculated to ensure validity. After modification, the CFA showed good model fit in all three samples. Reliability scores (Cronbach’s α) for the three NARQ scales ranged between .71 and .80. Comparisons between students and persons with mental disorders showed the postulated relationships, as did comparisons between male and female students and persons with or without Borderline Personality Disorder. Correlations with other questionnaires suggest the NARQ’s construct validity. The results indicate that the NARQ is a psychometrically sound and reliable measure with practical use for therapy planning and tracking of treatment outcome across time. We advocate the integration of the new response-focused strategy in the Gross’s model of emotion regulation. [less ▲]

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