Psychophysiological Responses to Immersion

Barwood, Martin (2016) Psychophysiological Responses to Immersion. In: Handbook of Offshore Helicopter Transport Safety. Elsevier, London, pp. 77-98. ISBN 978-1-78242-187-0

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The information presented in this chapter aims to provide an evidence base for practical interventions such as preparatory psychological strategies that are designed to aid persons in coping with accidental immersion and helicopter ditching. Based upon findings from recent laboratory and field-based investigations, this chapter explores the interactions between physiology, psychology, and perception in these life-threatening situations. Specifically, the roles that psychology and perception play in determining the physiological responses to accidental immersion and emergency underwater egress following a helicopter ditching are explored. Subsequently, other preparatory strategies such as cold-water habituation by repeated cold-water exposure are discussed. Particular attention is paid to recent evidence showing that psychology and perception play a key role in modulating the physiological responses that are seen even after habituation has taken place.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Breath-holding; Habituation; Mental imagery; Psychological intervention; Psychophysiological responses
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2016 12:14
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 16:27

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