Possible startle response contamination of the spinal nociceptive withdrawal reflex

  title={Possible startle response contamination of the spinal nociceptive withdrawal reflex},
  author={R. Dowman},
The objective of this study was to examine the possibility that the spinal nociceptive withdrawal reflex, otherwise known as the RIII reflex, is contaminated by the startle response, which is a non-pain-related supraspinal response. Startle response contamination of the RIII reflex would seriously compromise the RIIIs ability to measure spinal nociceptive processes in man, since a change in the startle response affecting EMG amplitude in the RIII latency range would be erroneously interpreted… CONTINUE READING


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