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Immersing the foot in painfully-cold water evokes ipsilateral extracranial vasodilatation

Drummond, P.D.ORCID: 0000-0002-3711-8737 and Chung, C. (2012) Immersing the foot in painfully-cold water evokes ipsilateral extracranial vasodilatation. Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical, 166 (1-2). pp. 89-92.

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Temporal pulse amplitude was recorded bilaterally in 56 participants before, during and after three ice-water immersions of the foot. Half of the participants were told that prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures could cause frostbite. Increases in pulse amplitude were greater in the ipsilateral than contralateral temple during and after the three foot-immersions. Although pulse amplitude decreased after threatening instructions and repeated immersion of the foot, the vasodilator response persisted during all three immersions. These findings suggest that nociceptive stimulation of the foot evokes an ipsilateral supra-spinal extracranial vasodilator response, possibly as part of a broader defense response.

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