Salivation: the significance of imagery in its voluntary control

White K.D. (1978) Salivation: the significance of imagery in its voluntary control. Psychophysiology, 15 3: 196-203. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8986.1978.tb01363.x

Author White K.D.
Title Salivation: the significance of imagery in its voluntary control
Journal name Psychophysiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0048-5772
Publication date 1978-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1469-8986.1978.tb01363.x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 196
End page 203
Total pages 8
Language eng
Subject 1314 Physiology
2737 Physiology (medical)
3200 Psychology
3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
3206 Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
Abstract In a series of experiments, with over 100 subjects ranging in age from 14 to 43, issues in the control of salivation were examined. Using the sublingual cotton swab technique it was shown that salivation can be controlled by practitioners and non‐practitioners of transcendental meditation. Sex differences were unimportant; the use of specific imagery relating to food and anxiety aided control, and there was a highly significant relationship between the degree of self‐reported imagery vividness and the ability to increase and decrease salivation. Results were discussed in terms of the Pavlovian notion of signalling systems, and the suggestion was made that self‐generated imagery could be important for the control, and in the conditioning, of other autonomic effectors. Copyright
Keyword Imagery
Individual differences
Sublingual swab
Voluntary control
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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