Recent life stress predicts blunted acute stress response and the role of executive control

Yuanyuan Xin, Zhuxi Yao, Weiwen Wang, Yuejia Luo, Andre Aleman, Jianhui Wu*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

OnderzoeksoutputAcademicpeer review

8 Citaten (Scopus)
78 Downloads (Pure)


The present study examined the associations between recent life stress and responses to acute psychological stress, and how these associations varied with executive control. Heart rate (HR), heart rate variability (HRV), salivary cortisol, and affective states were measured before, during and after the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST), an effective laboratory stressor, in 54 healthy participants, and executive control function was tested with a Go/No-Go task in a neutral context on a different day. The hierarchical multiple regression analysis showed that high frequency of life stress during the last twelve months predicted blunted cardiovascular acute stress response, i.e., smaller HR and HRV reactivity. Moreover, the low executive control group showed a significant association between higher recent life stress and blunted acute stress response, which was not apparent in the high executive control group. The results suggested that greater executive control may benefit us with adaptive acute stress response under recent life stress.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)359-367
Aantal pagina's9
TijdschriftStress-The international journal on the biology of stress
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
Vroegere onlinedatum12-nov.-2019
StatusPublished - 2020

Citeer dit