This study was supported by a grant from the German Research Society (DFG LE 1843/9-2) to A.v.L. The authors thank Uwe Koch-Gromus, Rieke Moritzen-Patwardhan, and Volker Beierlein for their valuable support during data acquisition.
The impact of emotions on symptom perception in patients with asthma and healthy controls
Article first published online: 6 DEC 2012
Copyright © 2012 Society for Psychophysiological Research
Volume 50, Issue 1, pages 1–4, January 2013
How to Cite
von Leupoldt, A. and Dahme, B. (2013), The impact of emotions on symptom perception in patients with asthma and healthy controls. Psychophysiology, 50: 1–4. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2012.01480.x
- Issue published online: 18 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 6 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Received: 10 JUL 2012
- German Research Society. Grant Number: DFG LE 1843/9-2
Accurate perception of respiratory symptoms is highly important for course and treatment of asthma. Recent findings suggest that emotions can greatly impact respiratory symptom perception. This study compared the impact of emotions on respiratory symptom perception between patients with asthma and matched healthy controls. Pleasant and unpleasant emotional states were elicited by viewing emotional picture series while symptom reports and respiratory parameters were measured. Greater symptom report was observed for the unpleasant compared to the pleasant emotional state that was not related to respiratory parameters. Notably, this effect was comparable between patients with asthma and healthy controls. The present results suggest that the impact of emotions on respiratory symptom perception is a rather general phenomenon and not dependent upon previous experiences with asthma symptoms.