Table 1.

Subjective stress ratings and blood pressure values before, during, and after the SECPT or control condition

ControlStress
Subjective assessments
    Stressfulness5.8 (2.4)37.4 (5.0)
    Painfulness0.9 (0.5)58.2 (4.0)
    Unpleasantness6.1 (2.1)52.6 (3.9)
Systolic blood pressure (mmHg)
    Before hand immersion118.5 (2.6)119.4 (2.5)
    During hand immersion114.9 (2.5)133.2 (2.4)
    After hand immersion112.3 (1.9)115.2 (2.4)
Diastolic blood pressure (mmHg)
    Before hand immersion65.8 (1.4)66.9 (1.4)
    During hand immersion66.1 (1.3)81.0 (1.6)
    After hand immersion63.3 (1.3)65.5 (1.5)
  • Stressfulness, painfulness, and unpleasantness were rated on a scale from 0 (″not at all″) to 100 (″very much″). Bold indicates significant group difference (p < 0.01). Data represent means; SEMs are given in parentheses.