Resting state heart rate variability and false memories

Feeling, Nicole; Williams, DeWayne P.; Speller, Lassiter F.; Loftus, Elizabeth F.; Koenig, Julian; Thayer, Julian F. (2021). Resting state heart rate variability and false memories. International journal of psychophysiology, 159, pp. 17-22. Elsevier 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2020.08.009

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Recent studies have shown higher resting-state vagally-mediated heart rate variability (vmHRV) to be related to greater memory retrieval. Research has not yet linked resting vmHRV with memory encoding and retrieval, as both are thought to play an important role in correctly distinguishing between true and false memories. The current study investigated this possible link in n = 71 undergraduate students. VmHRV was assessed during a 5-minute resting baseline period. Participants then completed the Deese-Roediger-McDermott (DRM) task, where they first viewed 6 word lists (12 words per list), and were later asked to identify previously shown words (true memories) and reject non-presented words. Results showed that participants with lower resting vmHRV were less able to discriminate true from false items. These data extend previous work on resting vmHRV and memory suggesting that resting vmHRV represents a psychophysiological pathway involved in both the proper encoding and retrieval of memories.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Research Division

UniBE Contributor:

Koenig, Julian

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0167-8760

Publisher:

Elsevier

Submitter:

Chantal Michel

Date Deposited:

24 Dec 2020 09:18

Last Modified:

26 Dec 2020 07:29

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2020.08.009

PubMed ID:

33075427

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/148933

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/148933

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