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    The peripheral and central nervous system pathways interact and integrate their functions to create a response to a stimulus. To what extent can the central nervous system be trained to alter the autonomic response? Is further alteration of the autonomic response improbable or undesirable? Why do you believe this is the limit?

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    Autonomic responses are mostly involuntary, but are sometimes triggered by previous experiences with certain stimuli. For example, one might not be inherently scared of a 4-way intersection, but someone who has had a bad accident at that particular 4-way intersection might find that their heart rate goes up and that they get nervous when they're back there after the accident. In a way then, the autonomic system can be "trained" to react to certain stimuli.

    Similarly then, training can be used to decrease the likelihood of an autonomic response. One of the more famous experiments wherein this is demonstrated is with Pavlov's dogs, wherein dogs were conditioned to salivate to an unrelated stimulus to food (a ...

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    To what extent does the central nervous system have in altering autonomic responses? A quick example using Pavlovian experiments and a short discussion on limitations, benefits and negative consequences.