This research was supported by NSF Grant No. GB 3961 to the San Diego State College Foundation and by the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery under Research Task MR006.5.18-0006. The opinions and assertions contained herein are the private ones of the writers and are not to be construed as official, or as reflecting the views of the Navy Department.
AUTONOMIC CORRELATES OF THE SPONTANEOUS K-COMPLEX
Article first published online: 19 MAR 2007
Volume 4, Issue 4, pages 444–452, April 1968
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Johnson, L. and Karpan, W. E. (1968), AUTONOMIC CORRELATES OF THE SPONTANEOUS K-COMPLEX. Psychophysiology, 4: 444–452. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.1968.tb02785.x
The assistance of K. Van Kirk, D. Dodd, R. Gardner, M. Austin, and A. Lubin in the scoring and statistical analysis is gratefully acknowledged.
- Issue published online: 19 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 19 MAR 2007
Spontaneous K-complexes during stage 2 sleep were scored on nine subjects to study 1) rate of occurrence and 2) autonomic correlates, specifically the heart rate response, number of finger vasoconstrictions, number of galvanic skin responses, and number of skin potential responses. Records for two nights of sleep were available for five subjects.
Spontaneous K-complexes occur with considerable regularity at a rate of 1.21 per minute with a range over subjects from. 75 to 1.93 per minute. There was no significant change in this rate over six hours of sleep nor was there a significant difference over two nights of sleep.
When compared with control portions of the record, spontaneous K-complexes were significantly associated on both nights one and two with an increase in heart rate, increased frequency of vasoconstrictions, an increase in number of GSRs, and an increase in number of skin potential responses. There were no autonomic changes associated with isolated sleep spindles.