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RESEARCH:

Habituation of the Cold Shock Response May Include a Significant Perceptual Component

UNIVERSITY OR ORGANISATION: University of Portsmouth

SUBJECT: Cold Water
TYPE: Experimental Study
DATE: 2014


Accidental immersion in cold water is a risk factor for many occupations. Habituation to cold-water immersion (CWI) is one practical means of reducing the cold shock response (CSR) on immersion. This study investigated whether repeated thermoneutral water immersion (TWI) induced a perceptual habituation (i.e., could lessen perceived threat and anxiety) and consequently reduce the CSR on subsequent CWI.

 

COUNTRY

United Kingdom

AUTHORS

Martin J. Barwood

Jo Corbett

Christopher

R. D. Wagstaff

JOURNAL / PUBLICATION

Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine

RESPONDENTS

12 subjects

7-min immersions with heads out

8 men, 4 women

ACTIVITY

Cold water immersion

Thermoneutral water immersion

ENVIRONMENT

Pools

AGE

Adults

GENDER

Male

Female

ETHNICITY

N/A

 

 
 

 

 

 

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