Ventilatory response to imagination of exercise and altered perception of exercise load under hypnosis

Authors Organisations
  • Judith Thornton(Author)
  • D. L. Pederson(Author)
    University Laboratory of Physiology
  • A. Kardos(Author)
    John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford University Hospital)
  • Abe Guz(Author)
    University Laboratory of Physiology
  • B. Casadei(Author)
    John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford University Hospital)
  • D. J. Paterson(Author)
    University Laboratory of Physiology
Type Chapter
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Modeling and Control of Ventilation
EditorsR. L. Hughson, D. A. Cunningham, J. Duffin
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISBN (Print)978-1475790795, 1475790791
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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Hypnotic suggestions have been used to assess the role of ‘central command’ in the ventilatory response to exercise. Some groups report an increase in ventilation (V1) during imagined exercise under hypnosis (1) whereas others observe no significant ventilatory changes (2). The purpose of our study was to assess whether hypnosis can uncouple the role played by central command in exercise hyperpnoea. Some of these results have been presented in abstract form (3).


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