Sustained Blood Pressure Responding During Synthetic Work
Hour-long elevations in mean blood pressure were elicited by the performance of a synthetic work task for both naive subjects and experienced subjects. Task-elicited changes in heart rate failed to reach significance although split-half reliabilities of both heart rate measures and mean blood pressure measures were very high during task performance. Several significant correlations were observed between performance and cardiovascular response magnitude that differed in sign for the experienced and naive groups. The use of the synthetic work task as a tool for the study of sustained blood pressure elevations elicited by work stress is discussed.
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