Title page for ETD etd-05102008-154022

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Pardikes, Thomas James
URN etd-05102008-154022
Title Measuring the Relationship Between Reflexive and Intentional ANS Response
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Friedman, Bruce H. Committee Chair
Cooper, Robin K. Panneton Committee Member
Harrison, David W. Committee Member
  • Autonomic Nervous System
  • Coactivation
  • Inhibition
  • Volition
Date of Defense 2008-04-30
Availability unrestricted
The dynamic behaviors of a complex organism are explained via voluntary and involuntary action. One underpinning of this system is organized and facilitated by the autonomic nervous system, integrating information from conscious and non-conscious centers in a seemingly hierarchical fashion. As a result, voluntary actions have the ability to inhibit reflexive actions via an inhibitory circuit. 111 subjects performed four diverse autonomic tasks consisting of voluntary and involuntary combinations. Analysis supports the proposed hierarchical model. Each task evoked specific autonomic states. Voluntary tasks influenced autonomic actions more than involuntary tasks. And working memory capacity mediated voluntary control.
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