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dc.contributor.authorHoward, Siobhánen_UK
dc.contributor.authorGallagher, Stephenen_UK
dc.contributor.authorGinty, Annie Ten_UK
dc.contributor.authorWhittaker, Anna Cen_UK
dc.description.abstractLife event stress has been associated with blunted cardiovascular reactivity to acute psychological stress. However, recent studies have suggested that blunted reactivity to stress only arises when the laboratory tasks are not personally salient to the individual. We re-analyzed data from 136 healthy young adults where we had previously reported a negative association between life event stress and cardiovascular reactivity to two combined stressors. Participants completed a mental arithmetic task and a personally salient speech task, following a formal baseline period with Finometer-assessed cardiovascular parameters. The reanalyses examined reactivity to the verbal mental arithmetic (personally non-salient) and speech (personally salient) tasks separately and found that life event stress was negatively associated with diastolic blood pressure reactivity, to both the personally non-salient, β = −.20, p = .023, and personally salient stressors, β = −.24, p = .004. Life event stress was negatively associated with systolic blood pressure reactivity to the personally salient stressor only, β = −.20, p = .021, and was not associated with heart rate reactivity. This study provides evidence against the argument that blunted reactivity to stress emerges as a result of stressor context, with findings indicating that low reactors show lower reactivity to both personally salient and personally non-salient stress.en_UK
dc.relationHoward S, Gallagher S, Ginty AT & Whittaker AC (2022) Life event stress is associated with blunted cardiovascular responding to both personally salient and personally non‐salient laboratory tasks. <i>Psychophysiology</i>.
dc.rights© 2022 The Authors. Psychophysiology published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Society for Psychophysiological Research. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_UK
dc.subjectblunted reactivityen_UK
dc.subjectcardiovascular reactivityen_UK
dc.subjectlife event stressen_UK
dc.subjectpersonally salient stressen_UK
dc.titleLife event stress is associated with blunted cardiovascular responding to both personally salient and personally non‐salient laboratory tasksen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.description.notesOutput Status: Forthcoming/Available Onlineen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Limerick, Irelanden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Limerick, Irelanden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBaylor Universityen_UK
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rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorHoward, Siobhán|0000-0002-1689-0867en_UK
local.rioxx.authorGallagher, Stephen|0000-0002-5471-7774en_UK
local.rioxx.authorGinty, Annie T|0000-0002-6817-4336en_UK
local.rioxx.authorWhittaker, Anna C|0000-0002-5461-0598en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
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