CARDIAC RESPONSES TO SELF‐INDUCED THOUGHTS

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Abstract

A psychophysiological procedure is described for obtaining time locked autonomic responses to specific internal (thought) stimuli in the absence of different external (environmental) stimuli. The procedure is illustrated by a heart rate experiment in which 10 Ss silently generated numbers followed by letters or affect‐laden words, all in synchrony with externally paced tones. The shape of the cardiac response was found to be a function of the specific thought sequence. The data are interpreted as demonstrating that specific thoughts can act as potential stimuli of autonomic responses. General implications of the finding and the procedure are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)462-467
Number of pages6
JournalPSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1971
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Heart rate
  • Self‐generated
  • Thoughts
  • Time‐locked. (G. E. Schwartz)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Biological Psychiatry

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