Interoception enhanced via the ears?
Heartbeat perception tasks are used to measure interoceptive accuracy. This paper explores the effect of reducing external auditory stimuli on heartbeat perception. Three samples (121 participants in total) performed a heartbeat perception task. Samples 1 and 2 wore ear-protectors and sample 3 did not. There were no differences in interoceptive accuracy between samples 1 and 2 but samples 1 and 2 showed significantly higher interoceptive accuracy than sample 3. These results suggest ear-protectors could be used to manipulate heartbeat perception and that the auditory component of heartbeat perception might be given greater consideration.
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Citation : Hall, J. K., Lopes, B. and Yu, H. (2018) Interoception enhanced via the ears? A quasi-experimental study of the impact of noise-dampening ear-protectors on heartbeat perception. Journal of Psychophysiology, Advance Articles, 33, pp. 165-170
ISSN : 0269-8803
Research Group : Psychology Research Group
Research Institute : Institute for Psychological Science
Peer Reviewed : Yes