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Power spectral analysis of heart rate variability in type A females during a psychomotor task.

J Psychosom Res. 1998; 45(2):159-69 (ISSN: 0022-3999)

Sato N; Kamada T; Miyake S; Akatsu J; Kumashiro M; Kume Y
Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, Kinki University, Higashi-Osaka, Osaka, Japan.

This study investigated changes in autonomic nervous activities due to psychological stress in Type A females. Eight Type A and eight Type B females performed a psychomotor task for 30 minutes. Power spectral analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) was used to examine the autonomic nervous activities. Results showed the low frequency (LF) component and LF/HF ratio in Type A females increased after the onset of the task. There were no significant differences in task performance between Type A and Type B females. The subjective mental workload increased gradually in Type A females during the tasks, whereas in Type B females this parameter did not change in a consistent manner. The results suggest that the sympathetic nervous system in Type A females was more stimulated by the task and Type A females felt a greater subjective mental workload than did Type B females.

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