Speaking, thinking, and blinking

Craig N. Karson, Karen Faith Berman, Edward F. Donnelly, Wallace B. Mendelson, Joel E. Kleinman, Richard Jed Wyatt

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The effect of several mental tasks on the spontaneous eye blink rate in 36 normals was examined. The blink rate during silence was 19.0 blinks/ minute. This was significantly lower than the mean blink rate during speech (24.7 blinks/minute) and while listening to a paragraph to be memorized (27.6 blinks/ minute). Reading reduced the blink rate to 12.3 blinks/ minute. Men were more able to suppress and speed up blinking than women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-246
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatry research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1981
Externally publishedYes


  • Blink rate
  • memory
  • proverb interpretation
  • speaking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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