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Bumping heart and sweaty palms: physiological hyperarousal as a risk factor for child social anxiety

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Physiological hyperarousal in social situations is a characteristic of individuals with social anxiety disorder (SAD), but so far it has been rarely studied as a biological risk for SAD. Here, we investigate whether children at high risk for SAD (because of their parents’ SAD) display physiological hyperarousal while interacting with a stranger. Also, we examine whether early physiological hyperarousal is related to later child social anxiety.
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Keywords: Social anxiety disorder; electrodermal activity; heart rate; heart rate variability; physiological hyperarousal

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2018

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