The effect of perceived susceptibility on autonomic responses to and memory for health-related news

Kevin Wise, Petya Eckler, Anastasia Kononova, Jeremy Littau

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We conducted a 2 (Susceptibility: High/Low)  4 (Story Topic) fractional ex-periment in which 18 participants read health-related news articles on a computer. These articles were manipulated in order to make participants feel eithermore or less susceptible to a particular health issue. We measured heart rate and skin conductance while participants read each story, and recognition following adistracter task. We derived participants’ respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA)from the heart rate data. Participants exhibited greater RSA, fewer SCRs, and better recognition memory for stories in the high susceptibility condition. These results are discussed in terms of sympathovagal balance as well as current theories on how salient features of news affect cognitive processing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S89
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Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2007
EventSociety for Psychophysiological Research (SPJ) - Savannah, GA, United States
Duration: 20 Oct 2007 → …


  • autonomic responses
  • perceived susceptibility
  • health
  • news

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