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How does your body control your breathing unconsciously? This album explores this complex process in fascinating detail using a battery of detectors attached to human guinea-pigs to monitor their breathing, blood flow and heartbeats. How does an anxious mind affect this system during a stressful situation? Whether stress is physical or emotional, the ancient “fight or flight” response is triggered. Physiologically, this can lead to the stress-related diseases which are getting more common in the West, so track 3 looks at the Eastern tradition of yoga, which recognises that controlling the breath is key to retaining health of mind as well as body. The audio track uses the case study of a primary school teacher monitored over the course of a day, revealing that some stress might be good for you; and experts shed light on the significance of stress using studies of baboons. This material forms part of The Open University course SK277 Human biology.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 55 mins
  • Updated Tuesday 13th April 2010
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Across the Sciences
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Track 1: The Art of Breathing

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2009


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 The Art of Breathing    A short introduction to this album. Play now The Art of Breathing
2 The mechanics of breathing    An insight into the complexities of how the body controls breathing, and a chance to see the respiratory system in action. Play now The mechanics of breathing
3 Anxiety and hyperventilation    How an anxious mind causes rapid removal of carbon dioxide from lungs, leading to significant consequences. Play now Anxiety and hyperventilation
4 It's all in the breath    How conscious, controlled breathing enhances health and wellbeing and tames the mind. Play now It's all in the breath
5 Stressed out at work    A primary school teacher gets wired up with monitors to show how his body responds to stress. Play now Stressed out at work

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