Effects of worry and somatic anxiety induction on thoughts, emotion and physiological activity

David York, T. D. Borkovec, Michael Vasey, Robert Stern

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Abstract

Thirty-six Ss received Velten (1968) emotion inductions designed to produce either worrisome, somatically anxious, or neutral states. A breathing-focus task assessed the frequency of negative thought intrusions before and after the emotion induction. Worry induction produced the greatest increase in negative intrusions, significantly greater than the neutral condition. Somatic anxiety induction produced some increase in intrusions, nonsignificantly between worry and neutral inductions. Both worry and somatic anxiety inductions generated significant increases in cardiovascular activity relative to the neutral condition, while no effect was observed on gastric myoelectric activity. Worry was characterized by emotions on the Multiple Affect Adjective Checklist that overlap with those of depression and somatic anxiety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-526
Number of pages4
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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