Predicting the consequences of physical activity: an investigation into the relationship between anxiety sensitivity, interoceptive accuracy and action

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The ability to predict the consequences of our actions is imperative for the everyday success of our interactions. From negotiating an uneven surface, to mounting an immune response, we continually infer the limits of our body. The current investigation considered the impact that the inferred consequences of action has on the placement of limits. We hypothesised that the performance of individuals in a novel, sprint task would reflect both their ability to accurately detect changes in bodily arousal (Interoceptive Accuracy) and the inferred consequences associated with heightened arousal signals (Anxiety Sensitivity). We found that individuals who demonstrated accuracy associated with physiological arousal changes, and who showed a heightened fear of the consequences of arousal symptoms, modified their actions by decreasing their power output (mean Watts•kg-1) in a sprint task (ΔR2 = 0.19; F(1,34) = 19.87); p<0.001). These findings provide a basis for understanding the varying actions taken as we encounter bodily perturbation.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0210853
Pages (from-to)e0210853
Number of pages12
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2019



Data set for "Taking aversive action: an experimental investigation into the negotiation of bodily limits"

Tabor, A. (Creator), Eccleston, C. (Researcher), Vollaard, N. (Researcher) & Keogh, E. (Researcher), University of Bath, 22 Mar 2019


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