Pflügers Archiv

, Volume 357, Issue 3–4, pp 267–273 | Cite as

Investigation on the possible role of a work factor in thermoregulatory behavior of man

  • M. Scarperi
  • K. Behling
  • A. Bleichert


During experiments on thermoregulatory behavior, subjects rested or exercised completely immersed in a water bath of constant temperature. They could ajust the temperature on their backs by means of a water-perfused pillow. The differenceTdiff between the freely selected temperature on their backs and the water temperature was taken as output of the system of thermoregulatory behavior.Tdiff depends on deep-body and mean skin temperature but not on a non-thermal work factor. In the equation
$$T_{diff} = a_0 + a_1 T_{es} + a_2 \overline T _{s,} $$

the ratioa1/a2 is apprximately 3. This is much smaller than the same ratio for the correlation between sweat rate and deep-body and mean skin temperature which is of the order of 10.

Key words

Thermoregulatory Behavior Input-Output Correlations Exercise Work Factor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Scarperi
    • 1
    • 2
  • K. Behling
    • 1
  • A. Bleichert
    • 1
  1. 1.Physiologisches InstitutUniversität HamburgGermany
  2. 2.Physiologisches InstitutUniversitätskrankenhaus EppendorfHamburg 20Germany

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