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).
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BIOPAC co-founder and R&D Director, Alan Macy, was interviewed recently by Roger Durling for the Santa Barbara Independent. The article, “The S.B. Questionnaire: Alan Macy,” provided a background excerpt of the Santa Barbara entrepreneurs’ past as well as his answers to the Proust Questionnaire. The biomedical technology developed at BIOPAC reflects an ambitious understanding of the natural and […]
Physiological researchers have been studying the lower body through examining impacts of training, movement instruction, and innovative research measurements on an individual’s well being. The following articles represent recent developments in physiological research, moving our understanding of lower limbs and the body as a whole forward, one step at a time. The Importance of Form Improper […]