Ventilatory Response to Imagination of Exercise and Altered Perception of Exercise Load Under Hypnosis
Hypnotic suggestions have been used to assess the role of ‘central command’ in the ventilatory response to exercise. Some groups report an increase in ventilation (V1) during imagined exercise under hypnosis (1) whereas others observe no significant ventilatory changes (2). The purpose of our study was to assess whether hypnosis can uncouple the role played by central command in exercise hyperpnoea. Some of these results have been presented in abstract form (3).
KeywordsWork Rate Ventilatory Response Actual Exercise Central Command Exercise Load
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