Blood pressure and pulse wave velocity measurement for operant conditioning of autonomic responding

  • G. C. Jernstedt
  • Jeffrey P. Newcomer
Methods & Designs


Presently available procedures for measuring blood pressure are not completely satisfactory for Es wishing to investigate the operant conditioning of cardiovascular activity. A system is described for measuring a correlate of the blood pressure information obtained with conventional sphygmomanometric systems. The procedure involves the measurement of speed of propagation through the arterial system of the pressure pulse from the heart’s contraction. This speed, the pulse wave velocity, is closely related to cuff-derived blood pressure. Many of the problems present with current sphygmomanometric systems are absent with this apparatus and procedure. The apparatus can be assembled from common instruments or constructed from integrated circuits. Data collected with the apparatus confirm earlier studies which indicate that pulse wave velocity is correlated with sphygmomanometrically measured blood pressure and is a valuable cardiovascular response measure.


Pulse Wave Velocity Measure Blood Pressure Operant Conditioning Pulse Transit Time Schmitt Trigger 
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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. C. Jernstedt
    • 1
  • Jeffrey P. Newcomer
    • 2
  1. 1.Dartmouth CollegeHanover
  2. 2.School of MedicineBoston UniversityBoston

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