Rüdiger Baltissen

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The primary (SI) and secondary (SII) somatosensory cortices have been shown to participate in human pain processing. However, in humans it is unclear how SI and SII contribute to the encoding of nociceptive stimulus intensity. Using magnetoencephalography (MEG) we recorded responses in SI and SII in eight healthy humans to four different intensities of(More)
The aim of the present study was to quantitatively investigate the role of information processing in conditioning using stimuli with varying amounts of information content. A letter reproduction task varying in complexity served as the unconditioned stimulus. In the first experiment, we tested the indicator function of electrodermal and cardiovascular(More)
In order to assess neurobehavioral deficit subsequent to early low-level lead-exposure, Wistar-rats were prenatally Pb-exposed via their mothers, neonatally via their dams' milk, and later on via their diet containing lead acetate (745 mg Pb/kg diet). Blood-lead levels (PbB) of dams increased from 24.2-31.2 microgram-% during pregnancy and suckling-periods,(More)
Augmenting-reducing theory describes temperament-related differences in the modulation of stimulation. Reducers are supposed to need more stimulation than augmenters because of a cortical attenuation of incoming stimuli. The study investigated differences between augmenters and reducers (classified by questionnaire) in performance and information processing(More)
The preception and orienting response (OR) reinstatement hypotheses are alternative explanations for the reduced responding to predictable as compared to unpredictable aversive stimuli. To test differential predictions from both theories, 60 subjects were presented with 30 stimuli varying in intensity (60 dB(A) vs 100 dB(A)) and predictability (constant vs(More)
Most investigations of information processing in human Pavlovian autonomic conditioning focussed on the role of awareness of the contingency of the conditioned stimulus (CS) and the unconditioned stimulus (UCS). While in these studies only the qualitative information of the CS (UCS occurring vs not occurring) was varied, the present experiment was designed(More)
The presentation of tones with alternating interstimulus intervals (ISIs) of 10 and 70 s leads to an electrodermal response pattern with an increase in magnitude after long and a decrease after short ISIs. The present study investigated whether there is a relation between the occurrence of the response pattern and the perception of stimuli as a pattern and,(More)
Effects of arginine-vasopressin (AVP) on the habituation of the orienting reaction and response to stimulus mismatch were investigated in a between-group design with 40 healthy male volunteers using skin conductance and heart rate responses as dependent measures. Twenty-one 1000 Hz tones of 90 dB(A) intensity and 2 s duration were presented with alternating(More)
The lack of empirical evidence for faster habituation with the regular presentation of stimuli suggests that it is not the constancy of presentation of stimuli, but rather the rate of stimulation--defined as the reciprocal of the harmonic mean of the interstimulus intervals--that determines the speed of habituation. Using alternation of 10-70 and 30-50 sec(More)