Basal cardiovascular activity may be modulated by positive affect activation levels. In the current study it was hypothesized that work-related high arousal positive affect (HAPA) will have a U-shaped association with basal cardiovascular activity and low or un-aroused positive affect (LAPA) will be negatively associated with basal cardiovascular activity. Participants were 1807 apparently healthy adults. HAPA and LAPA were assessed with the Job-related Affective Well-being Scale. Outcome measures were resting heart rate (HR) systolic (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) levels. Results for HAPA supported the hypothesized relationships such that HR and SBP were lower when HAPA was at moderate levels but higher when HAPA was at high or low levels. LAPA was negatively associated with SBP and DBP. Our findings suggest that HAPA and LAPA have differential consequences regarding cardiovascular function.
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