Accession Number : ADA180471

Title :   Effect of Ambient Temperature on Biofeedback-Assisted Control of Peripheral Skin Temperature.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept. 15 Sep 82-30 Sep 86,

Corporate Author : TENNESSEE STATE UNIV NASHVILLE DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Barrett,Helen R.

Report Date : 07 MAY 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : The focus of this project was to assess systematically the effect of ambient temperature variation on biofeedback-assisted control and self-control (in the cold) of peripheral skin temperature increases. Ability to voluntarily control peripheral circulation in the cold, specifically learning to counteract cold-induced vasoconstriction, may have value in protecting individuals from cold-induced reductions in manual dexterity and sensitivity, as well as cold-related injury. Such training is of potential importance in increasing hand efficiency when personnel are operating precision equipment under cold environmental conditions. There were four related experiments, each using normal human subject volunteers trained to increase peripheral skin temperature. Factors distinguishing successful from unsuccessful studies are discussed, with emphasis on cognitive mediational strategies that may be employed in successful studies. Keywords: Thermoregulation.

Descriptors :   *BIOFEEDBACK, *TEMPERATURE CONTROL, *SKIN(ANATOMY), *BODY TEMPERATURE, CIRCULATION, CONTROL, EFFICIENCY, HANDS, HUMANS, LEARNING, LOW TEMPERATURE, MANUAL OPERATION, PRECISION, SKILLS, TEMPERATURE, VARIATIONS, VOLUNTEERS

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE