A startle response is elicited by an intense stimulus with a sudden or abrupt onset such as the slamming of a door. The function of the startle response is to interrupt or disengage an organism from ongoing activity. The human startle response involves both somatic and cardiovascular components, seen in the form of a reflexive eye-blink or a whole-body jerk.
One method that is used in startle research involves the presentation of a weak, non-startling stimulus a brief time before the startle-eliciting stimulus. The weaker stimulus is called a prepulse or lead stimulus. Generally, this stimulus does not elicit a startle response. However, it can inhibit the response to a startle-eliciting stimulus, known as the prepulse inhibition of a startle effect (PPI).
This Mobita wearable physiological signal amplifier system records 32 channels of high-fidelity wireless EEG data with water electrodes. The system includes: Mobita base unit with onboard 3D accelerometer & trigger channel ConfiCap™ configured for 32-Channel EEG Headcap with 32 grommets for Water Based Electrodes Water Based Electrodes AcqKnowledge software This Mobita® System is uniquely suited to record wireless EEG for a variety of applications, such as […]
BIOPAC provides software and hardware that allow for research teams to record and analyze respiration activity in physiological experimentation. Here are a few notable studies in monitoring respiration and cardiovascular activity. The coupling between peripheral microcirculation and slow breathing: The purpose of this study was to investigate the coupling of breathing movements and microcirculatory blood […]
CBS News | 60 Minutes | Brain Hacking APRIL 9, 2017| Why can’t we stop looking at our smartphones? And are the designers of the apps and content on them using brain science to keep us hooked? Anderson Cooper reports. BIOPAC users Larry D. Rosen, Ph.D. and Nancy A. Cheever, Ph.D. from California State […]