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ERIC Number: EJ886738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Do You Know What I Feel? A First Step towards a Physiological Measure of the Subjective Well-Being of Persons with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities
Vos, Pieter; De Cock, Paul; Petry, Katja; Van Den Noortgate, Wim; Maes, Bea
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v23 n4 p366-378 Jul 2010
Background: Because of limited communicative skills, it is not self-evident to measure subjective well-being in people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. As a first step towards a non-interpretive measure of subjective well-being, we explored how the respiratory, cardiovascular and electro dermal response systems were associated with the valence dimension of emotion. Material and Methods: Three participants were presented with staff selected negative and positive stimuli. During the presentation we measured the participants' respiration, skin conductance, heart rate and respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA). We used behavioural codings as an extra measure of emotional valence. Results: Participants showed a shallow, fast breathing pattern, used less thoracic breathing, had a higher skin conductance and had less RSA when experiencing positive emotions then when experiencing negative emotions. Conclusion: There are physiological differences between positive and negative emotions. The results also indicate that people with PIMD direct their attention away from negative stimuli.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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