Honors Theses


Anne Crecelius


Health and Sport Science

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Motor control can be divided between gross and fine motor skills, which are impacted by environmental and genetic influences. The aim of the study was to explore the impact of stress on motor control, and gain helpful physiological information to improve the performance of pilots. Both men and women were selected for the study, then completed three phases: familiarization, control, and experimental. The experimental trial included a cold pressor test (CPT). A CPT involves a participant placing their limb in a container of ice water, which acts as an acute physiological stress and activator for the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). The results between the three trials were measured and compared to determine a relationship between motor control and physiological stress. It was indicated that heart rate and blood pressure increased due to the CPT. Yet, there was not a difference in MCAv, CVC, or motor control between the control and experimental groups.

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Undergraduate research


Medicine and Health Sciences | Sports Sciences

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