Ambulatory Monitoring

Applications and Limitations
  • Thomas G. Pickering
Part of the The Springer Series in Behavioral Psychophysiology and Medicine book series (SSBP)


The study of behavior has traditionally focused on two areas: (1) laboratory-based studies where the experimental situation can be rigidly controlled, and (2) field-based studies typified by ethologists’ observations of naturally occurring behavioral patterns. For the study of the role of behavior in causing or modifying human cardiovascular disease, both approaches are desirable. The former approach enables studies to be carried out under highly standardized conditions, but may be of questionable relevance to what goes on in real life. The latter approach has in the past suffered from limitations imposed by the difficulty of monitoring cardiovascular variables in free-ranging subjects. The development of ambulatory monitoring techniques has added a new dimension to these investigations, and enables a precise comparison between behavior and physiological variables in subjects who are engaged in their normal daily activities.


Heart Rate Variability Ambulatory Blood Pressure Blood Pressure Monitoring Blood Pressure Variability Ambulatory Monitoring 
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  • Thomas G. Pickering
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  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular CenterThe New York Hospital-Cornell Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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