Capobianco, Morris & Wells (2018) compared the effects of worry, rumination and distraction on affective and physiological recovery from stress. Skin conductance was used to evaluate physiological recovery from stress. Skin conductance was used to evaluate physiological recovery and a self-report measure, the positive and negative afffect scale (PANAS), was used to evaluate mood. Rumination appeared to cause a prolonged recovery from stress on physiological (skin conductance) but not self-report measures. In contrast, worry displayed an immediate delay in recovery from stress soon after the worry induction before returning to baseline levels, this was seen on self-report negative affect but not on physiologcal outcomes. The results provide further evidence on how worry and rumination may impact physiological and psychological indices of stress responses differently.
The fully article can be found using the link: https://doi.org/10.1080/10615806.2018.1438723