Rachel Pagano

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This study reports two experiments investigating the effects of transcendental meditation on right hemispheric functioning. The task used in both experiments was the Seashore Tonal Memory Test. In the first experiment a non-meditator group and an experienced meditator group were run. The design involved three periods: a pretest, a meditation or rest period,(More)
Oxygen consumption, electroencephalogram (EEG), and four other measures of somatic relaxation were monitored in groups of long-term practitioners of classical Jacobson's progressive relaxation (PR) and Transcendental Meditation (TM) and also in a group of novice PR trainees. All subjects (1) practiced relaxation or meditation (treatment), (2) sat with eyes(More)
The relation between body mass index and prevalence of 17 chronic diseases or groups of diseases was analysed using data from the 1983 Italian National Health Survey, based on a sample of 72,284 individuals aged 15 or over randomly selected within strata of geographical area, size of place of residence and of household in order to be representative of the(More)
Before and after hysterectomy, 60 women completed self-report questionnaires. Measures of personality (NEO-Five Factor Inventory, NEO-FFI), coping (Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations, CISS), and procedure appraisal were completed pre-operatively. Measures of depression and anxiety were completed pre- and post-operatively. Pre-op, 34% of women(More)
Three experiments investigated the effects of transcendental meditation (TM) on iconic memory. The task involved reporting of digits shown tachistoscopically, using Sperling's partial-report technique. Experiment 1 was a pilot study involving a meditation group and a nonmeditation gropu. All subjects were run in a pretest/treatment/posttest design. During(More)
Visits to the emergency department (ED) are stressful for any patient and pose special challenges and potential barriers to care for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In addition, people (both children and adults) with ASD differ in their perception of, or responses to, environmental stimuli. Some people with ASD present with sensory defensiveness(More)
Lorazepam 2 and 4 mg alone and in combination with atropine 0.4 mg and hyoscine 0.4 mg were studied as i.v. surgical premedicants in 150 patients. Relief of anxiety, sedation, patient acceptance, lack of recall and side-effects were evaluated. Hyoscine was found to improve the relief of anxiety and sedation associated with lorazepam, but did not(More)
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