• Journal Article

Heart rate variability and newborn heart rate responses to illumination changes

Citation

Porges, S., Stamps, L. E., & Walter, G. F. (1974). Heart rate variability and newborn heart rate responses to illumination changes. Developmental Psychology, 10(4), 507-513. DOI: 10.1037/h0036560

Abstract

Investigated heart rate (HR) response patterns to the onset and offset of a 30-sec increase in illumination in 16 human newborns. Ss were divided into 2 groups based on a measure of pretrial HR variability. Only Ss with the high pretrial HR variability responded significantly to the change in stimulation. The response to onset was characterized by a significant quartic trend containing both decelerative and accelerative components. The response to offset only approached significance and had a pattern similar to the onset response. Although the occurrence of systematic response patterns was related to the level of pretrial HR variability, this measure of autonomic lability may have been related to influences associated with delivery and not to stable individual differences. (16 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)