B Ditto

Summary

Affiliation: McGill University
Country: Canada

Publications

  1. doi request reprint Fear-related predictors of vasovagal symptoms during blood donation: it's in the blood
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
    J Behav Med 35:393-9. 2012
  2. doi request reprint Relation between perceived blood loss and vasovagal symptoms in blood donors
    Blaine Ditto
    Laboratory for Cardiovascular Psychophysiology, Department of Psychology, McGill University, 1205 Dr Penfield Ave, Montreal, QC, H3A 1B1, Canada
    Clin Auton Res 22:113-6. 2012
  3. ncbi request reprint The effects of applied tension on symptoms in French-speaking blood donors: a randomized trial
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, PQ, Canada
    Health Psychol 25:433-7. 2006
  4. ncbi request reprint Vasovagal symptoms mediate the relationship between predonation anxiety and subsequent blood donation in female volunteers
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Transfusion 46:1006-10. 2006
  5. ncbi request reprint Short-term autonomic and cardiovascular effects of mindfulness body scan meditation
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
    Ann Behav Med 32:227-34. 2006
  6. ncbi request reprint Dismantling applied tension: mechanisms of a treatment to reduce blood donation-related symptoms
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Transfusion 47:2217-22. 2007
  7. doi request reprint Effects of applied muscle tension on the likelihood of blood donor return
    Blaine Ditto
    From the Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Transfusion 49:858-62. 2009
  8. doi request reprint Effects of cardiopulmonary baroreceptor activation on pain may be moderated by risk for hypertension
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, 1205 Dr Penfield Ave, Montreal, QC, H3A 1B1, Canada
    Biol Psychol 82:195-197. 2009
  9. doi request reprint Physiological correlates of applied tension may contribute to reduced fainting during medical procedures
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, 1205 Dr Penfield Ave, Montreal, QC, H3A 1B1, Canada
    Ann Behav Med 37:306-14. 2009
  10. doi request reprint Negative association between resting blood pressure and chest pain in people undergoing exercise stress testing for coronary artery disease
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
    Pain 149:501-5. 2010

Detail Information

Publications37

  1. doi request reprint Fear-related predictors of vasovagal symptoms during blood donation: it's in the blood
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
    J Behav Med 35:393-9. 2012
    ..g., fears related to needles) were more common overall. Better understanding of the mechanisms of vasovagal reactions has both theoretical and clinical implications, such as improving means of coping with invasive medical procedures...
  2. doi request reprint Relation between perceived blood loss and vasovagal symptoms in blood donors
    Blaine Ditto
    Laboratory for Cardiovascular Psychophysiology, Department of Psychology, McGill University, 1205 Dr Penfield Ave, Montreal, QC, H3A 1B1, Canada
    Clin Auton Res 22:113-6. 2012
    ..Individual differences in vasovagal symptoms among blood donors who had an equivalent amount of blood withdrawn were significantly associated with their rating of perceived blood loss...
  3. ncbi request reprint The effects of applied tension on symptoms in French-speaking blood donors: a randomized trial
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, PQ, Canada
    Health Psychol 25:433-7. 2006
    ..Among donors whose chairs were not reclined, participants in the treatment condition had significantly smaller heart rate reactions to blood donation than did those in the other conditions...
  4. ncbi request reprint Vasovagal symptoms mediate the relationship between predonation anxiety and subsequent blood donation in female volunteers
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Transfusion 46:1006-10. 2006
    ..Variations in predonation anxiety, however, may influence the donor's experience in several respects and might be related to the likelihood of subsequent donation even among those who do not report particularly high levels of anxiety...
  5. ncbi request reprint Short-term autonomic and cardiovascular effects of mindfulness body scan meditation
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
    Ann Behav Med 32:227-34. 2006
    ..Recent research suggests that the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program has positive effects on health, but little is known about the immediate physiological effects of different components of the program...
  6. ncbi request reprint Dismantling applied tension: mechanisms of a treatment to reduce blood donation-related symptoms
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Transfusion 47:2217-22. 2007
    ..The muscle tensing technique of applied tension (AT) reduced symptoms in several studies...
  7. doi request reprint Effects of applied muscle tension on the likelihood of blood donor return
    Blaine Ditto
    From the Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Transfusion 49:858-62. 2009
    ..Blood donation-related symptoms such as dizziness and fainting are unpleasant for the donor and a significant disincentive for repeat donation. The muscle tensing technique of applied muscle tension reduced symptoms in several studies...
  8. doi request reprint Effects of cardiopulmonary baroreceptor activation on pain may be moderated by risk for hypertension
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, 1205 Dr Penfield Ave, Montreal, QC, H3A 1B1, Canada
    Biol Psychol 82:195-197. 2009
    ..Alteration of pain sensitivity may reflect the development of the hypertensive process...
  9. doi request reprint Physiological correlates of applied tension may contribute to reduced fainting during medical procedures
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, 1205 Dr Penfield Ave, Montreal, QC, H3A 1B1, Canada
    Ann Behav Med 37:306-14. 2009
    ..AT has been found to reduce dizziness and fainting in several studies of blood donors...
  10. doi request reprint Negative association between resting blood pressure and chest pain in people undergoing exercise stress testing for coronary artery disease
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
    Pain 149:501-5. 2010
    ..Awareness of the potential association between blood pressure and angina may provide patients with coronary artery disease and their physicians' important guidance...
  11. ncbi request reprint Applied tension may help retain donors who are ambivalent about needles
    B Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
    Vox Sang 98:e225-30. 2010
    ..However, the effects of symptoms on donor retention as well as the effects of treatments to reduce vasovagal symptoms on donor retention are probably moderated by a person's confidence that they can tolerate the procedure...
  12. ncbi request reprint Neuropsychological characteristics of adolescent boys differing in risk for high blood pressure
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1B1, Canada
    Ann Behav Med 31:231-7. 2006
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  13. ncbi request reprint On-site training in applied muscle tension to reduce vasovagal reactions to blood donation
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, 1205 Dr Penfield Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 1B1
    J Behav Med 26:53-65. 2003
    ..It also significantly reduced the amount of medical treatment required (chair reclining) among those who practiced applied tension for the entire period they were in the donation chair...
  14. ncbi request reprint Reducing reactions to blood donation with applied muscle tension: a randomized controlled trial
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Transfusion 43:1269-75. 2003
    ..Unpleasant blood donation-related symptoms may discourage otherwise healthy, altruistic individuals from becoming repeat donors. This study examined a behavioral technique called applied muscle tension (AMT) that might reduce reactions...
  15. ncbi request reprint Risk for hypertension and pain sensitivity in adolescent boys
    B Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Health Psychol 17:249-54. 1998
    ..These findings could not be explained by personality factors and suggest that hypertension-related hypoalgesia is associated with processes involved in the development of the disorder...
  16. ncbi request reprint Alexithymia, cardiovascular reactivity, and symptom reporting during blood donation
    Nelson Byrne
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, 1205 Dr Penfield Ave, Montreal, QC H3A 1B1, Canada
    Psychosom Med 67:471-5. 2005
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  17. ncbi request reprint Age differences in the consistency of cardiovascular response patterns in healthy women
    B Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Biol Psychol 25:23-31. 1987
    ..Intraclass correlations computed using these matrices revealed greater consistency of response hierarchies (e.g., DBP greater than SBP greater than HR) among elderly subjects. Possible mechanisms for this effect are discussed...
  18. ncbi request reprint Interpersonal behavior and resting blood pressure in college women: a daily monitoring study
    B D'antono
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    J Psychosom Res 50:309-18. 2001
    ..Psychological factors have long been implicated in the development of hypertension. Most studies exploring this relationship employed questionnaires administered on only one occasion...
  19. ncbi request reprint On reversible deafness, generalized anxiety disorder, and the motoric brain: a psychophysiological perspective
    Robert B Malmo
    Department of Psychiatry, Royal Victoria Hospital, Que, Montreal, Canada
    Int J Psychophysiol 48:97-113. 2003
    ..Also, with a focus on the motoric brain, some discoveries resulting from brain-recording experiments in freely moving rats are described...
  20. ncbi request reprint Effects of opioid blockade on the modulation of pain and mood by sweet taste and blood pressure in young adults
    Maxim D Lewkowski
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, 1205 Dr Penfield Avenue, Montreal, Canada
    Pain 135:75-81. 2008
    ..These results are consistent with findings suggesting that endogenous opioid activity may contribute to generally reduced pain sensitivity, and perhaps mood reactivity, in those with higher BP...
  21. ncbi request reprint Familiality of heart rate and cardiac-related autonomic activity in five-month-old twins: the Québec newborn twins study
    Etienne Dubreuil
    Research Unit on Children s Psychosocial Maladjustment GRIP, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Psychophysiology 40:849-62. 2003
    ..Estimates of relative LF and HF HRV were determined by common (familial) and unique environmental factors; familial influences on these estimates did not overlap with familial influences on sleeping HR...
  22. ncbi request reprint Sweet taste and blood pressure-related analgesia
    Maxim D Lewkowski
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, 1205 Dr Penfield Avenue, Montreal, Que, Canada H3A 1B1
    Pain 106:181-6. 2003
    ..Individuals with higher blood pressure may not be as sensitive to the presumably opioid-mediated analgesic effects of sweet taste, perhaps due to opioid dysregulation...
  23. ncbi request reprint The role of ischaemia and pain in the blood pressure response to exercise stress testing in patients with coronary heart disease
    S L Bacon
    Department of Nuclear Medicine, Montreal Heart Institute, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    J Hum Hypertens 20:672-8. 2006
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  24. ncbi request reprint Exaggeration of blood pressure-related hypoalgesia and reduction of blood pressure with low frequency transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
    Tavis S Campbell
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Psychophysiology 39:473-81. 2002
    ..These results provide further evidence that opioid mechanisms are involved in blood pressure-related hypoalgesia and blood pressure regulation...
  25. ncbi request reprint A longitudinal study of pain sensitivity and blood pressure in adolescent boys: results from a 5-year follow-up
    Tavis S Campbell
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
    Health Psychol 21:594-600. 2002
    ..These analyses suggest that pain sensitivity may be associated with physiological processes involved in the development of sustained high blood pressure...
  26. ncbi request reprint Adolescent pain sensitivity is associated with cardiac autonomic function and blood pressure over 8 years
    Tavis S Campbell
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1B1, Canada
    Hypertension 41:1228-33. 2003
    ..These results provide further evidence that blood pressure related hypoalgesia might be related to processes involved in blood pressure regulation as well as in the development of sustained high blood pressure...
  27. ncbi request reprint Chest pain is inversely associated with blood pressure during exercise among individuals being assessed for coronary heart disease
    Blaine Ditto
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Psychophysiology 44:183-8. 2007
    ..Blood pressure may contribute to episodes of silent ischemia...
  28. ncbi request reprint What is worse for asthma control and quality of life: depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, or both?
    Kim L Lavoie
    Research Center, Division of Chest Medicine, J 3190, 5400 Gouin West, Montreal, QC, H4J 1C5, Canada
    Chest 130:1039-47. 2006
    ..This study evaluated the relative impact of having a DD and/or AD on asthma control and quality of life...
  29. ncbi request reprint Prevalence, disclosure and interpretations of sexual activities in a sample of Canadian college-aged blood donors
    M Mair
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, 1205 Dr Penfield Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 1B1
    Int J STD AIDS 14:399-403. 2003
    ..These results are discussed with respect to their implications for how people think about sex, particularly in the blood donation context. Suggestions to improve specific blood donor screening questions are also presented...
  30. doi request reprint The association between anxiety sensitivity and atopy in adult asthmatics
    Silvana Barone
    Research Center, Division of Chest Medicine, Hôpital du Sacré Coeur de Montréal a University of Montreal affiliated hospital, Montreal, QC, Canada
    J Behav Med 31:331-9. 2008
    ..11, p = .014). There was no evidence for a significant association between any of the other questionnaire scores and atopic status...
  31. ncbi request reprint Higher BMI is associated with worse asthma control and quality of life but not asthma severity
    Kim L Lavoie
    Research Center, Department of Chest Medicine, J 3190, Hopital du Sacre Coeur de Montreal, 5400 Gouin West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H4J 1C5
    Respir Med 100:648-57. 2006
    ..Results identify higher BMI and obesity as potential behavioral factors related to worse asthma control and quality of life, but not asthma severity, and suggest important avenues for asthma management and control initiatives...
  32. doi request reprint Early socioeconomic status is associated with adult nighttime blood pressure dipping
    Tavis S Campbell
    Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4
    Psychosom Med 70:276-81. 2008
    ..Recent cross-sectional research has also linked low levels of SES with several cardiovascular risk factors including poor nighttime BP dipping...
  33. ncbi request reprint Airflow and autonomic responses to stress and relaxation in asthma: the impact of stressor type
    David Aboussafy
    Respiratory Division, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
    Int J Psychophysiol 57:195-201. 2005
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  34. ncbi request reprint Mild reactions to blood donation predict a decreased likelihood of donor return
    Christopher R France
    Ohio University, 245 Porter Hall, Athens, OH 45701, USA
    Transfus Apher Sci 30:17-22. 2004
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  35. ncbi request reprint Asthma self-efficacy, high frequency heart rate variability, and airflow obstruction during negative affect in daily life
    Tavis S Campbell
    Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada T2N 1N4
    Int J Psychophysiol 62:109-14. 2006
    ....
  36. ncbi request reprint Are psychiatric disorders associated with worse asthma control and quality of life in asthma patients?
    Kim L Lavoie
    Research Center, Division of Chest Medicine, Hopital du Sacre Coeur de Montreal, J 3190, 5400 Gouin West, Montreal, Que, Canada H4J 1C5
    Respir Med 99:1249-57. 2005
    ..This study evaluated the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in 406 adult asthma patients, and associations between psychiatric status, levels of asthma control, and asthma-related quality of life...
  37. ncbi request reprint Improving blood donor recruitment and retention: integrating theoretical advances from social and behavioral science research agendas
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Risk Analysis, Social Processes and Health RASPH Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    Transfusion 47:1999-2010. 2007
    ..This article aims to review both of these types of literature, examine theoretical developments, identify commonalities, and offer a means to integrate these within a single intervention approach...