10 episodes

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.

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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.

    The Art of Breathing

    The Art of Breathing

    A short introduction to this album.

    • 1 min
    Transcript -- The Art of Breathing

    Transcript -- The Art of Breathing

    A short introduction to this album.

    • video
    The mechanics of breathing

    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.

    • 11 min
    Transcript -- The mechanics of breathing

    Transcript -- 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.

    • video
    Anxiety and hyperventilation

    Anxiety and hyperventilation

    How an anxious mind causes rapid removal of carbon dioxide from lungs, leading to significant consequences.

    • 3 min
    Transcript -- Anxiety and hyperventilation

    Transcript -- Anxiety and hyperventilation

    How an anxious mind causes rapid removal of carbon dioxide from lungs, leading to significant consequences.

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