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The Psychophysiology of the Vasovagal (Fainting) Response: Mechanisms and Interventions

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The circumstances under which certain forms of stress-related reactions lead to general decreases in physiological activity, namely vasovagal reactions, will be discussed. Vasovagal reactions have an important impact on the medical system, deterring people from various procedures, affecting the blood supply, as well as providing a theoretical challenge. A series of experimental studies will be discussed, examining various predictors, mechanisms, a novel theory, and specific methods of intervention. Relatedly, this research also concerns the bodily states and peripheral physiological correlates of emotion linked to adaptive behaviour, examining both similarities and differences in stress-related responses produced by different kinds of environmental challenges.

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