The Diagnostic Potential of the Orienting Reflex

  • Joseph Wolpe


Corson, Corson and Andrysco (1981) showed that the character of a dog’s cardiorespiratory orienting responses is a reliable predictor of the effects that repeated aversive, electrical stimulation will have on the animal. It has long been known that such stimulation of spatially restricted animals often produces long-lasting autonomic and motor response complexes that Pavlov (1927) referred to as “experimental neuroses”. These are characterized by sympathetic-dominated responses such as mydriasis, tachycardia and polypnea, which are especially arousable by the stimuli of the conditioning room.


Electrical Stimulation Behavior Pattern High Nervous Activity Reciprocal Inhibition Orienting Reflex 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Wolpe
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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