Attaining Autonomic Calming Through Behavioral Control: A Response-Learning Approach
The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is sensitive to, and excited by, psychological stress. This influence is evidenced by such changes in ANS-controlled physiological functions as tachycardia and blood pressure increase. Although for some individuals, these reactions are not harmful (being within the normal physiological range), for others the reactions are undesirable. For example, tachycardia in patients with cardiovascular abnormalities can precipitate paroxysmal atrial tachycardia (PAT) and even sudden death. For such individuals in particular, control of these stress-induced reactions is critical.
KeywordsConditional Stimulus Behavioral Control Pavlovian Conditioning Unconditional Response Response Learning
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