|Reference code: ||PT/FB/BL-2008-130.10|
|Location: ||Arquivo PCA - Pasta 12/2008|
|As Experiências Óptimas na vida diária e Padrões Fisiológicos associados: para um conhecimento da Personalidade Autotélica|
|Publication year: ||2012|
Objectives: The autotelic personality is associated with traits associated with positive mental and
physical health outcomes. Furthermore, the autotelic personality was associated with a better
functioning in daily life contexts. The aim of this study was to investigate whether autotelic
personality characteristics are associated with experiential and physiological momentary
responses to daily life contexts.
Methods: Sixty-seven female college students from the University of Minho, Portugal, used the
Experience Sampling Method during a week, completing questionnaires and collecting saliva
samples 8 times daily. We performed multi-level analyses to investigate the effects of autotelic
personality characteristics on subjective experience and cortisol secretion.
Results: Autotelic students experienced lower negative affect and fatigue, and higher levels of
engagement in daily life, than less autotelic students. In solitude, autotelic students did not
experience heightened negative affect in solitude as their less autotelic individuals did. Although
daily solitude was associated with heightened cortisol levels, we did not find a moderating effect
of autotelic personality on cortisol levels in solitude.
Conclusions: Current results shed new clues about the assessment of the psychophysiology of the
autotelic personality. Findings help clarify how daily contexts influence the affective and
neuroendocrine responses of individuals, contributing for future health outcomes.
Discussion: We discuss future directions such as the inclusion of other physiological measures
(e.g., salivary alpha-amylase) and the study of different moments in time to understand the effects
of positive personality characteristics on processes such as adaptation and health outcomes.
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|Santos, M. J., Bassi, M., Matias, G.|
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|Freire, T., Santos, M. J., Bassi, M., & Matias, G. (2012). As Experiências Óptimas na vida diária e Padrões Fisiológicos associados: para um conhecimento da Personalidade Autotélica. In Aquém e além do cérebro. Behind and beyond the brain. Proceedings of the 9th Symposium of Fundação Bial (p. 42/63). Porto: Fundação Bial.|
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|Keywords: ||Autotelic personality / Flow model / Daily life / Cortisol|