ERIC Number: ED084017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
The Soothing Effects of Vestibular Stimulation as Determined by Frequency and Direction of Rocking.
Pederson, David R.
This study systematically investigated the influence of direction and frequency of rocking on the activity of two-month-old infants. Of the 84 subjects, 42 were males and 42 females. They were brought to the laboratory at least 2 hours after each feeding and placed supine in a bassinet. Rocking at 60 cycles per minute resulted in a greater reduction in activity than rocking at 45 cycles per minute. The direction of rocking (up and down, side to side, and head to toe) was not related to changes in activity. The finding that direction is unrelated to the soothing effects of rocking appears to be inconsistent with assumptions that rocking is soothing because it is similar to movements "in utero". The soothing effects produced by rocking and other forms of stimulation may be related to brain stem inhibitory mechanisms. (DP)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ontario Mental Health Foundation, Toronto
Authoring Institution: University of Western Ontario, London. Dept. of Psychology.
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