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时间:13:30 - 15:00, April 28th , 2017
地点:Room 107, Junxiu Building.
报告人:Dr. Lixian Cui


RSA Suppression While Viewing Others Being Bullied: Does it Indicate Regulation Potential or Sympathy Arousal? 

Speaker Bio:  Dr. Lixian Cui is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at NYU Shanghai, a core faculty in the NYU-ECNU Institute for Social Development and a faculty affiliate in the Department of Applied Psychology, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the Center for Research on Culture, Development and Education (CRCDE) at NYU. His research mainly focuses on child and adolescent social and emotional development in various contexts, with a focus on emotion temporal dynamics and stress psychophysiology during social interactions.


Abstract: Various studies have found that Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia (RSA) reactivity moderates the effects of environmental factors such as marital status and parent drinking behavior and posited that RSA suppression represents children and adolescents’ abilities to regulate emotion or cope with stress. Empirical studies focusing on the moderating roles of RSA reactivity often yield inconsistent and sometimes contradictory findings. Recent studies revealed the importance of considering the measurement contexts of RSA reactivity, suggesting that the meaning and function of RSA reactivity (i.e., suppression and augmentation) depend on the measurement contexts. The current study examined RSA reactivity in a bullying context and tested the interactions between RSA reactivity and neighborhood violence and parenting in relation to adolescent adjustment, aiming to examine whether RSA suppression while viewing others being bullied represents adolescents’ regulation potential or sympathy arousal. Data were collected from 57 adolescents and their primary from predominantly low-income families with a high percentage of single-parent families. Results revealed that RSA suppression buffered the effects of psychological control and neighborhood violence on aggressive behavior but not depressive symptoms. It also enhanced the effects of parental acceptance on prosocial behavior. We also found that RSA suppression was not associated with adolescent emotion regulation or emotional overaousal. These findings suggest that RSA suppression may not imply regulation potential but indicate sympathy physiological arousal in the bullying context.

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