Heart Mind

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 73--79

Cardiovascular responses to social stress elicited by the cyberball task


Robert Eres1, Isabella Bolton2, Michelle H Lim3, Gavin W Lambert5, Elisabeth A Lambert5 
1 Neurodisability and Rehabilitation, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital; Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia
2 Department of Psychological Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia
3 Centre for Mental Health, Swinburne University of Technology; Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Robert Eres
50 Flemington Rd, Parkville, 3052
Australia

Objective: The aim of the current study was to investigate cardiovascular responses to a brief social exclusion stressor, the Cyberball task, and to determine whether individual differences in depression, anxiety, and perceived social isolation moderate physiological stress responses. Methods: Sixty-four participants engaged in the Cyberball task while heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate were continuously measured. Results: Systolic (M = 121.61, SD = 13.34) and diastolic (M = 77.34, SD = 7.56) blood pressure increased significantly during the exclusion condition compared with the rest condition (M = 117.81, SD = 12.71, M = 75.63, SD = 7.39, respectively). Significant correlations were also found between social anxiety (r = −0.25) and depression (r = −0.25) scores with systolic blood pressure from the exclusion condition. Further, participants who reported high depression scores had attenuated cardiovascular responses to social exclusion. Conclusions: Overall, cardiovascular activity were elevated after a brief social stressor, but those with clinically relevant cut off scores on the CES-D had attenuated cardiovascular responses These findings support the growing body of literature surrounding cardiovascular stress reactivity to stress induced from social exclusion.


How to cite this article:
Eres R, Bolton I, Lim MH, Lambert GW, Lambert EA. Cardiovascular responses to social stress elicited by the cyberball task.Heart Mind 2021;5:73-79


How to cite this URL:
Eres R, Bolton I, Lim MH, Lambert GW, Lambert EA. Cardiovascular responses to social stress elicited by the cyberball task. Heart Mind [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 May 24 ];5:73-79
Available from: http://www.heartmindjournal.org/article.asp?issn=2468-6476;year=2021;volume=5;issue=3;spage=73;epage=79;aulast=Eres;type=0