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A Quadratic Analysis Of Trait Anxiety And Heart Rate Variability, Katlyn Schroder Jun 2020

A Quadratic Analysis Of Trait Anxiety And Heart Rate Variability, Katlyn Schroder

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Trait anxiety refers to an individual’s sensitivity to perceived threat. Though it is not itself diagnosable according to the DSM-5, trait anxiety scales are often administered in a clinical context and serve as an indicator for anxiety disorders. High levels of trait anxiety can result in prolonged periods of intense worry and dysfunction, even in those who are not diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Previous studies have attempted to understand the relationship between trait anxiety and reactivity of the autonomic nervous system, especially in relation to vagal tone, but have found inconsistent results. One possible explanation for this inconsistency is …