The wanderer: Vagal tone to work performance

Rachel Gwendoline McInnes, Patrick Dunlop, Gavin Pinniger, Sharon Parker

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Aside from the brain, human biology has been largely overlooked in organizational behavior research. Vagal tone is an important component of human biology and reflects the functioning of the 10th cranial nerve, the vagus nerve. This work proposed that individuals with better vagal tone perform better at work due to: The use of more appropriate cognitive strategies; experiencing more positive emotions and; perceiving themselves as more socially connected. The emotional and social components of this model were explored via three studies: one cross-sectional and two time-lagged intervention studies, using exercise and mindfulness meditation.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Unsworth, Kerrie, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date18 Oct 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018


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