Assessing Somatosensory Profiles and Autonomic Nervous System Responses in Physical Exercise Studies

  • Michael ValetEmail author
  • Till Sprenger
  • Lukas Scheef
  • Henning Boecker


The aim of this chapter is to summarize methods for assessing effects of physical exercise on somatosensory and autonomic nervous system responses. The focus will be laid on extended methods for evaluating thermal and pain processing (“Quantitative Sensory Testing”; QST), which may be modulated by exercise. Additionally, methods for measuring blood pressure (BP), heart rate (HR), heart rate variability (HRV), and skin conductance (SC) in the MRI scanner will be reviewed, as the autonomic nervous system is involved in both exercise and pain. Implementing these methods in the context of human neuroimaging experiments has important implications for the conduction, analysis, and interpretation of exercise studies.


Heart Rate Variability Skin Conductance Antinociceptive Effect Quantitative Sensory Test Skin Conductance Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Valet
    • 1
    Email author
  • Till Sprenger
    • 2
  • Lukas Scheef
    • 3
  • Henning Boecker
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Neurology, Klinikum rechts der IsarTechnical University MunichMunichGermany
  2. 2.Department of Neurology, Division of NeuroradiologyUniversity Hospital BaselBaselSwitzerland
  3. 3.Functional Neuroimaging Group, Department of RadiologyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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