The Behavioral Effects of Frequent Nightmares on Objective Stress Tolerance

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/596120
Title:
The Behavioral Effects of Frequent Nightmares on Objective Stress Tolerance
Authors:
Hochard, Kevin D.; Heym, Nadja ( 0000-0003-2414-8854 ) ; Townsend, Ellen ( 0000-0002-4677-5958 )
Abstract:
Frequent nightmares have been linked to daily distress using self-report measures. The present study investigated the impact of frequent nightmares on a stressful cognitive test requiring participants to perform additions of two previously displayed single digit numbers from a number series, where display latency between digits becomes increasingly short - the Paced Visual Serial Addition Task-Computerized (PVSAT-C). Participants experiencing frequent nightmares (n=43) and controls (n=42) were compared on PVSAT-C performance. A significant main effect of nightmare frequency was observed with participants in the frequent nightmare group enduring the task for a shorter duration than controls (a behavioral measure of stress tolerance). Results suggest that individuals experiencing frequent nightmares have a reduced tolerance for stressors, leading to increased daily vulnerability to stressful stimuli. This study confirms previous findings linking nightmares and daily distress and extends the literature by providing objective evidence for the link between nightmares and reduced stress tolerance through behavioral testing. These findings highlight nightmares as a salient target for clinical intervention.
Affiliation:
University of Chester; Nottingham Trent University; University of Nottingham
Citation:
Hochard, K. D., Heym, N., & Townsend, E. (2016). The behavioral effects of frequent nightmares on objective stress tolerance. Dreaming, 26(1), 42-49. doi: 10.1037/drm0000013
Publisher:
Americal Psychological Association
Journal:
Dreaming
Publication Date:
Mar-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/596120
Additional Links:
http://www.asdreams.org/dreaming-list-of-issues-and-abstracts/
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
Description:
This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
ISSN:
1573-3351
Appears in Collections:
Psychology

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dc.contributor.authorHochard, Kevin D.en
dc.contributor.authorHeym, Nadjaen
dc.contributor.authorTownsend, Ellenen
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-12T17:23:33Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-12T17:23:33Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03en
dc.identifier.citationHochard, K. D., Heym, N., & Townsend, E. (2016). The behavioral effects of frequent nightmares on objective stress tolerance. Dreaming, 26(1), 42-49. doi: 10.1037/drm0000013en
dc.identifier.issn1573-3351en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/596120en
dc.descriptionThis article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.en
dc.description.abstractFrequent nightmares have been linked to daily distress using self-report measures. The present study investigated the impact of frequent nightmares on a stressful cognitive test requiring participants to perform additions of two previously displayed single digit numbers from a number series, where display latency between digits becomes increasingly short - the Paced Visual Serial Addition Task-Computerized (PVSAT-C). Participants experiencing frequent nightmares (n=43) and controls (n=42) were compared on PVSAT-C performance. A significant main effect of nightmare frequency was observed with participants in the frequent nightmare group enduring the task for a shorter duration than controls (a behavioral measure of stress tolerance). Results suggest that individuals experiencing frequent nightmares have a reduced tolerance for stressors, leading to increased daily vulnerability to stressful stimuli. This study confirms previous findings linking nightmares and daily distress and extends the literature by providing objective evidence for the link between nightmares and reduced stress tolerance through behavioral testing. These findings highlight nightmares as a salient target for clinical intervention.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherAmerical Psychological Associationen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.asdreams.org/dreaming-list-of-issues-and-abstracts/en
dc.subjectpsychologyen
dc.subjectnightmaresen
dc.titleThe Behavioral Effects of Frequent Nightmares on Objective Stress Toleranceen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester; Nottingham Trent University; University of Nottinghamen
dc.identifier.journalDreamingen
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