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Patterns of respiratory behavior


The existence and generalizability of characteristic individual patterns of breathing were investigated. Pneumographic respiration recordings were obtained for eight male Ss while they performed a variety of experimental tasks during six different recording sessions. Categorical sorts of sets of respiration record segments were performed by three judges, and they were highly successful in detecting distinctive respiratory characteristics for sorting segments from different Ss into categories repiesenting individual Ss. Implications for further research are discussed.


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Appreciation is expressed to Dr. S. B. Sells for suggestions concerning this manuscript and to Dr. Robert G. Demaree for his advice and assistance throughout the research. This paper was based upon a dissertation submitted to Texas Christian University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the PhD degree; the research was supported in part by the Rehabilitation Services Administration under RSA Research Training Grant RH-2.

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Dwayne Simpson, D. Patterns of respiratory behavior. Psychobiology 1, 141–146 (1973).

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  • Pause Time
  • Breathing Cycle
  • Respiratory Behavior
  • Record Segment