Cognitive influences on human autonomic nervous system function

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1996 Apr;6(2):252-8. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(96)80080-8.


Recent studies of human autonomic nervous system function have challenged the traditional view that the parasympathetic and sympathetic branches have opposite effects. In addition, studies of autonomic activity that accompanies attention, orienting and learning have demonstrated that the autonomic nervous system is not simply a 'non-cognitive' and automatic part of brain function. The autonomic and central nervous systems are intimately related, and new research is beginning to link brain function with autonomic function in a dynamic way.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attention / physiology
  • Autonomic Nervous System / physiology*
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Dominance, Cerebral
  • Humans
  • Psychomotor Performance