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The Compassionate Vagus: effects of transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation on cognition, emotion and heart rate variability during compassionate mind training

Falconer, Caroline J; (2020) The Compassionate Vagus: effects of transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation on cognition, emotion and heart rate variability during compassionate mind training. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This clinical psychology doctoral thesis is structured into three chapters. The first chapter presents a systematic review of the cognitive and emotional domains affected by transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS). It also aims to present an overview of the experimental designs, psychological tasks, outcome measures, participant groups and stimulation parameters used in the field of tVNS. The second chapter is an empirical paper investigating the potential facilitatory effects of tVNS as an adjunct to compassionate mind training (CMT). The study investigates the effect of tVNS and CMT on state affect, self-compassion/criticism, vagally mediated heart rate variability and emotional face processing in healthy participants. The third chapter is a critical appraisal of the research process of chapter 1 and 2.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: The Compassionate Vagus: effects of transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation on cognition, emotion and heart rate variability during compassionate mind training
Event: University College London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2020. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112139
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