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AgeWell: Research into Wellbeing in Older Adults

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Heart rate reactivity is associated with future cognitive ability and cognitive change in a large community sample
The relationship between cardiovascular reactions to acute mental challenge in the laboratory and cognitive ability has received scant attention. The present study examined the association between reactivity and future cognitive ability. Heart rate and blood pressure reactions to a mental stress task were measured in 1647 participants comprising three distinct age cohorts. Cognitive ability was assessed using the Alice Heim-4 test of general intelligence and choice reaction time 5 and 12 years later. High heart rate reactivity was related to higher general intelligence scores and faster choice reaction times at both follow-ups. High heart rate reactivity was also associated with a smaller decline in cognitive ability between assessments. These associations were still evident following adjustment for a wide range of potentially confounding variables. The present results are consistent with the notion that high reactivity may not always be a maladaptive response and that low or blunted reactivity may also have negative corollaries.
10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2011.08.004
English

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Author Annie T. Ginty

Additional contributors

Co-author Anna C. Phillips
Co-author Geoff Der
Co-author Ian J. Deary
Co-author Douglas Carroll

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82
2
Yes
0167-8760
Elsevier B.V.
01 November 2011
167-174
Amsterdam
Post-print
International journal of psychophysiology

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Ginty, Annie T. et al (2011) Heart rate reactivity is associated with future cognitive ability and cognitive change in a large community sample. International journal of psychophysiology. 82 (2), pp. 167-174 Amsterdam: Elsevier B.V..

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Ginty Annie T. et al. Heart rate reactivity is associated with future cognitive ability and cognitive change in a large community sample. International journal of psychophysiology 2011; 82 (2): 167-174.