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Facial nerve activity disrupts psychomotor rhythms in the forehead microvasculature

Drummond, P.D.ORCID: 0000-0002-3711-8737 and O'Brien, G. (2011) Facial nerve activity disrupts psychomotor rhythms in the forehead microvasculature. Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical, 164 (1-2). pp. 105-108.

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Forehead blood flow was monitored in seven participants with a unilateral facial nerve lesion during relaxation, respiratory biofeedback and a sad documentary. Vascular waves at 0.1. Hz strengthened during respiratory biofeedback, in tune with breathing cycles that also averaged 0.1. Hz. In addition, a psychomotor rhythm at 0.15. Hz was more prominent in vascular waveforms on the denervated than intact side of the forehead, both before and during relaxation and the sad documentary. These findings suggest that parasympathetic activity in the facial nerve interferes with the psychomotor rhythm in the forehead microvasculature.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright: © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
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