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Cardiovascular and cortisol reactions to acute psychological stress and cognitive ability in the Dutch Famine Birth Cohort Study

Ginty, Annie T. and Phillips, Anna C. and Roseboom, Tessa J. and Carroll, Douglas and deRooij, Susanne R. (2011) Cardiovascular and cortisol reactions to acute psychological stress and cognitive ability in the Dutch Famine Birth Cohort Study. Psychophysiology, 49 (3). pp. 391-400. ISSN 00485772

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URL of Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8986.2011.01316.x

Identification Number/DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1469-8986.2011.01316.x

Given evidence linking blunted cardiovascular and cortisol reactions to acute stress and a range of adverse behavioural outcomes, the present study examined the associations between cardiovascular and cortisol reactivity and cognitive ability measured independently of the stress task exposure. Cognitive ability was assessed using the Alice Heim-4 test of general intelligence and two memory tasks in 724 men and women who were part of the Dutch Famine Birth Cohort Study. Blood pressure and heart rate, as well as cortisol, reactivity were measured to a battery of three standard acute stress tasks. Poorer cognitive ability was associated with lower cardiovascular reactions to stress and lower cortisol area under the curve. Our results are consistent with recent findings implicating low physiological stress reactivity in a range of adverse behavioural and health outcomes.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2011 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Subjects:BF Psychology
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Wiley Blackwell Publishing
ID Code:1328
Refereed:YES
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