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Human Physiology with LabTutor

LabTutor guides physiology students though courses designed to reinforce introductory and advanced concepts in cardiovascular physiology, respiratory physiology, neurophysiology, muscle physiology, digestion, and kidney and water balance.

  • Laboratory set up for practical Physiology lessons

    Empower students to measure their own biopotentials
  • LabTutor experiment on muscle twitch responses

    Record and measure muscular twitch responses to nerve stimulation
  • ECG & Heart Sounds experiment

    Learn the positions for the standard limb leads to accurately record ECG
  • Blood Pressure experiment

    Learn to correctly perform blood pressure measurements

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+Biofeedback

Investigate conscious and unconscious control of biofeedback mechanisms. Manipulate a participant’s emotional state in order to alter skin temperature, heart rate and the electrodermal response. Use biofeedback to determine if conscious control is more or less effective.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+EDR & Classical Conditioning

Replicate Pavlov's famous classical conditioning experiments in humans. Find out how skin conductance, heart rate and respiratory rate can be altered using the principles of classical conditioning.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Electrodermal Response (EDR)

Learn how to measure skin conductance. Understand how conductance, respiratory rate, heart rate and skin temperature change in response to stress. Use this information to complete a polygraph (lie detection test) and correctly interpret the results.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Electromyography (EMG)

Record EMG during voluntary muscle contractions and investigate how contractile force changes with increasing demand. Examine the activity of antagonist muscles, see the phenomenon of coactivation and calculate nerve conduction velocity.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Electrooculography (EOG)

Record electrical activity associated with eye movements and recognize common artifacts in EOG recordings. Measure and understand the significance of angular displacement measurements and smooth tracking, and investigate aspects of gaze holding.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Introduction to Psychophysiology Methods

Become familiar with the basic psychophysiological measurements of skin conductance, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and electromyography. Combine these skills in the performance of a simple psychophysiology experiment.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Perception & The Size-Weight Illusion

Explore the factors that contribute to the illusion where objects of varying size, but identical weight, are perceived as different weights. Experiment with removing visual and haptic cues.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Sensory Illusions

Investigate mechanisms of sensory perception and experiment with techniques that send conflicting information to the central nervous system (CNS).

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Sensory Physiology

Find the blind spot, test for color blindness and explore the science behind some optical illusions. Determine the distribution of touch and taste receptors, and investigate thermoception. Assess joint position sense and the perception of balance.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+The Diving Response

Investigate the effects of the diving response on heart rate and peripheral circulation in humans during simulated dives as well as breath-holding.

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+The Stroop Test

Explore the physiological changes that occur when someone is stressed. Measure blood pressure, pulse rate and skin temperature while participants perform the Stroop test.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Visual Evoked Potential (VEP)

Use a flash stimulus and pattern reversal to generate and record brain activity in the occipital lobe.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Blood Pressure

Learn to correctly perform blood pressure measurements using a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff and sphygmomanometer. Assess changes in peripheral circulation and examine the effects of cuff location.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Breathing

Study the effects of breath holding, hyperventilation and rebreathing using a respiratory belt transducer around the abdomen. Observe and elucidate the relationship between breathing and heart rate.

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+ECG & Heart Sounds

Learn the positions for the standard limb leads to accurately record ECG. Identify the major components of the ECG, provide estimates of the timing of ECG components and their magnitudes. Coincidentally record heart sounds and relate these to the ECG.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+ECG & Peripheral Circulation

Measure and analyze ECG and pulse and discuss the relationship between them. Compare differences between individuals and the effects of temperature. Discover arterial anastomoses and the connections in the blood supply of the hand.

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+Guided PBL - Blood Pressure

Learn correct plethysmography techniques using a sphygmomanometer and microphone or stethoscope. Apply the techniques to formulate and then test an experimental hypothesis. Customize the analysis and display of results using self-defined tables and graphs.

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+Guided PBL - ECG & Pulse

Utilize the finger pulse transducer and ECG and identify a correlation. Apply the techniques learned to formulate and then test an experimental hypothesis. Customize the analysis and display of results using self-defined tables and graphs.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Guided PBL - Electromyography (EMG)

Gain practical skills in performing electromyography examining electrical activity in the biceps and triceps muscles. Use these skills to design and test an experimental hypothesis. Customize the analysis and display of results using self-defined tables and graphs.

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+Guided PBL - Respiratory Air Flow and Volume

Introduce spirometry as a technique for recording respiratory variables. Record and analyze lung volumes and capacities, and then design an experiment to examine some aspect of respiratory air flow and volume.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Gut Absorption

Distinguish between the handling of simple and complex carbohydrates by studying how the gut handles a carbohydrate load. Measure blood glucose using a glucolet and glucometer and compare results from four different protocols.

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+Mechanics of Ventilation

Examine mechanical properties of the lung and chest wall by measuring pressures generated passively and by contraction of expiratory and inspiratory muscles.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Muscle

Record and measure muscular twitch responses to nerve stimulation and observe recruitment as stimulus strength increases. Test the effect of stimulus timing on muscle contraction. Measure the decline in maximal force during a sustained contraction and examine muscle fatigue.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Respiratory Air Flow & Volume

Record and analyze respiratory signals to derive respiratory parameters, such as lung volumes and capacities. Perform basic tests of pulmonary function and stimulate an airway restriction.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Water Balance

Learn how the kidneys handle fluid loads. See how urine output and urine specific gravity differ after consuming isosmotic, hyposmotic and hyperosmotic solutions.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Cardiorespiratory Effects of Exercise

Record ECG, blood pressure and spirometry parameters from a healthy volunteer. Become familiar with an ECG trace and the intervals that make up the cardiac cycle. Compare recordings at rest, during exercise and immediately after exercise.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Cardiovascular Effects of Exercise

Investigate how heart rate and finger pulse change after different exercise regimes. Study the ECG trace and the electrical signals of the heart. Determine the factors that control heart rate and blood flow to tissues before, during and after exercise.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Energy Expenditure & Exercise

Explore the mechanism of ventilation and gas exchange at three different levels of exercise. Simultaneously record ECG and spirometry parameters then calculate the rate of metabolic energy consumption as a function of mechanical energy expenditure.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Electroencephalography (EEG)

Recognize artifacts in an EEG signal caused by blinking and subject movement. Record and identify alpha and beta EEG rhythm, and analyze how a signal is affected by opening and shutting the eyes, mental activity and auditory stimulation.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Reflexes & Reaction Times

Discover the responses of reflexes and reaction times to a variety of stimuli. Elicit and quantify a knee jerk reaction, trigger the pupillary light reflex and a withdrawal reflex, and measure reaction time in response to a visual cue under varying conditions.

This lesson requires one of the PowerLabs below

+Introduction to LabTutor

Get to know PowerLab hardware and LabTutor software. Discover the basic features of acquisition, analysis and reporting using LabTutor.

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