›› 2012, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (7): 944-.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8115.2012.07.026

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Research progress of heartbeat perception in patients with anxiety disorders

LI Hui, LI Chun-bo, WANG Ji-jun, XIAO Ze-ping   

  1. Shanghai Mental Health Center, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200030, China
  • Online:2012-07-28 Published:2012-08-17
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China, 81071098;National Science and Technology Support Program, 2009BAI77B05;Shanghai Medical Excellent Discipline Leader Program, XBR2011005


The increased heartbeat perception has been suggested to play a key role in state anxiety, trait anxiety, anxiety sensitivity and clinical anxiety disorders. Heartbeat perception has become one of the main breakthrough points in the research of interoceptive awareness. The research progress of methods for the assessment of heartbeat perception, neural network and abnormal heartbeat perception associated with anxiety disorders is reviewed in this paper.

Key words: anxiety, heartbeat perception, anxiety sensitivity, state anxiety, trait anxiety