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Cerebral asymmetry in the control of cardiovascular functioning: Evidence from lateral vibrotactile stimulation.
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PMID:  23231546     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Research has supported hemispheric specialisation in the regulation of cardiovascular functioning, with the left hemisphere being associated with parasympathetic functioning and the right hemisphere with sympathetic functioning. We sought to investigate this relationship further using vibrotactile stimulation applied to the palms. Our prediction was that vibrotactile stimulation applied to the left hand would result in increased heart rate and blood pressure, and that stimulation applied to the right hand would result in decreased heart rate and blood pressure. The results indicated significant differences in heart rate change scores in the predicted direction. No differences were noted for systolic or diastolic blood pressure. Hence the findings provide partial support for the lateralisation of autonomic functions.
Paul S Foster; Tyler Hubbard; Raegan C Yung; Brad J Ferguson; Valeria Drago; David W Harrison
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-01-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Laterality     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1464-0678     ISO Abbreviation:  Laterality     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9609064     Medline TA:  Laterality     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  108-19     Citation Subset:  IM    
a Psychology Department , Middle Tennessee State University , Murfreesboro , TN , USA.
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