publication . Article . 2013

Internal sensations as a source of fear: exploring a link between hypoxia and flight phobia.

Rudi De Raedt;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
  • Country: Belgium
Although flight phobia is very common in the general population, knowledge of the underlying mechanisms is limited. The aim of the current study is to determine whether hypoxia is selectively associated with flight anxiety. We wanted to explore levels of oxygen saturation (SpO2) and the associated subjective somatic sensations in flight phobics and controls. The data collected in this study were obtained from 103 participants: 54 had flight phobia, 49 were controls. SpO2 as well as a subjective report of somatic sensations and anxiety were measured during short haul flights, both at ground level and at cruising altitude. Results indicated that both flight phobic...
Medical Subject Headings: mental disorders
free text keywords: Social Sciences, SELF-REPORT, AIR-TRAVEL, ALTITUDE, AIRCRAFT, ANXIETY, RECOMMENDATIONS, SENSITIVITY, PASSENGERS, AVIATION, fear of flying, flight phobia, theoretical perspectives, conditioning theory, hypoxia, somatic sensations, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Developmental and Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental health
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