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January 6, 2019 at 12:45 pm

Popular Science Cites France on ‘Why Sight of Blood Knocks Us Out’

Christopher France, portrait in office

Dr. Christopher France

Popular Science writes about research by Dr. Christopher R. France, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Ohio University, in a story headlined, “Why the sight of blood knocks us out.”

A vial of blood is a key diagnostic tool in modern medicine. But for about 1 in 25 people, a blood draw isn’t just uncomfortable—it poses a potential threat, prompting a temporary lapse in consciousness.

Christopher France, a psychologist at Ohio University, says this phenomena is known as blood-injection-injury phobia. The gory visual of dripping fluid triggers a significant drop in both heart rate and blood pressure, reducing the amount of oxygenated blood flow to the brain. This leads to fainting—a dramatic measure but one that guarantees more blood to the noggin.

Read more in Popular Science.

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