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Interoceptive sensitivity as a proxy for emotional intensity and its relationship with perseverative cognition

Authors Lugo RG, Helkala K, Knox BJ, Jøsok O, Lande NM, Sütterlin S

Received 17 April 2017

Accepted for publication 13 September 2017

Published 18 December 2017 Volume 2018:11 Pages 1—8


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Igor Elman

Ricardo G Lugo,1 Kirsi Helkala,2 Benjamin J Knox,2 Øyvind Jøsok,2 Natalie M Lande,1 Stefan Sütterlin3,4

1Department of Psychology, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Elverum, Norway; 2Norwegian Defence Cyber Academy, Lillehammer, Norway; 3Faculty for Health and Welfare Sciences, Østfold University College, Oslo, Norway; 4CHDT Research Group, Oslo University Hospital, Halden, Norway

Background: Technical advancement in military cyber defense poses increased cognitive demands on cyber officers. In the cyber domain, the influence of emotion on decision-making is rarely investigated. The purpose of this study was to assess psychophysiological correlation with perseverative cognitions during emotionally intensive/stressful situations in cyber military personnel. In line with parallel research on clinical samples high on perseverative cognition, we expected a decreased interoceptive sensitivity in officers with high levels of perseverative cognition.
Method: We investigated this association in a sample of 27 cyber officer cadets.
Results: Contrary to our hypothesis, there was no relationship between the factors.
Discussion: Cyber officers might display characteristics not otherwise found in general populations. The cyber domain may lead to a selection process that attracts different profiles of cognitive and emotional processing.

Keywords: cyber, perseverative cognitions, interoception, decision-making

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