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Does Touch and Talk Increase Cardiovascular Synchrony in Married Couples?

Abstract Literature was reviewed about how synchrony occurs in infant-parent dyads, in emotion, and physiologically in couple dyads. Social baseline theory suggests that both conversation and interpersonal touch confer benefits by reducing burden on the participants through coregulatory processes. The current study examined how affectionate touch and positive conversation influenced physiological synchrony, a potential mechanism of physiological coregulation, in couples. Because synchrony is believed to occur within the autonomic nervous system, in the present study, physiological synchrony was measured using cardiac interbeat interval (IBI) as an indicator of autonomic nervous system activation. Couples were assigned to one of four conditions: inte... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor McAfee, Ashley (Author) / Burleson, Mary (Advisor) / Duran, Nicholas (Committee member) / Roberts, Nicole (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Physiological psychology / Physiology / Psychology / cardiovascular / couples / IBI / synchrony / talk / touch
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 41 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Psychology 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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