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Baseline verbal fluency performance as predictor of state anxiety during alive hand-grenade throwing exercise: a prospective study of Swedish military
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience. (Katastrofpsykiatri)
2007 (English)In: Behavioral and Brain Functions, ISSN 1744-9081, Vol. 3, 39- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: We investigated whether individual differences in baseline executive controlcapacity could predict state anxiety during a potentially life-threatening situation.Methods: 19 Swedish military conscripts were assessed during two measurement occasions.During a baseline measurement, data regarding performance on a letter fluency task and stateanxiety were assessed. During a second measurement, performed immediately prior toparticipation in a live hand-grenade throwing exercise, data regarding state anxiety was assessed.All participants were male, right-handed and had fulfilled 12 years of education.Results: The level of state anxiety was significantly increased between the two measurementoccasions (p < .01). Both the number of words produced (β = -.37; p < .05) and the number ofperseveration made (β = .43; p < .05) on the verbal fluency task predicted, while controlling forstate anxiety at baseline, the level of experienced state anxiety during the threatening situation.Conclusion: Although more research is needed the present finding suggests that individualdifferences in executive control capacity might be related to emotion regulation ability during acutestressor exposure.

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2007. Vol. 3, 39- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-153688DOI: 10.1186/1744-9081-3-39OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-153688DiVA: diva2:417463
Available from: 2011-05-17 Created: 2011-05-17 Last updated: 2011-07-07Bibliographically approved

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