Measuring Brain and Behavior with Breathing Difficulty


The researchers seek to obtain an improved understanding of how the brain and body adapt to breathing challenges is expected. It is expected that this understanding of how our increased awareness of breathing occurs will lead to methods for improving our breathing during various times in our lives such as exercise, nose congestion, sleep and other normal daily activities.


  • You will then be seated and sensors that measure breathing airflow, breathing rate, brain activity and breathing muscle activity will be attached.
  • The breath measurements will be made using a snorkel-like mouthpiece connected to tubing.
  • You will be shown different scales that ask you to rate how you feel. We will show you 2 lights in front of you.
  • The green light will tell you that your next 10 breaths may or may not have an increased breathing difficulty.
  • Then the red light will then be turned on and you will press a button that corresponds to how difficult or how unpleasant it is to breathe in for your first, fifth and tenth breaths.
  • There will be 2 trails each requiring about 40 minutes. You will complete the study when you have finished the second trial.

For additional study details, please contact Paul Davenport: 

Study Information Flyer


18 to 65



Monetary compensation


Can be done from home



healthy volunteers

Principal Investigator

Paul Davenport, PhD



Contact Information

(352) 294-4025

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