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A quick breath during startle response: Why?

  1. Dec 5, 2015 #1
    Have you noticed this or do you do this ever? The instant someones surprised about something they take a quick breath in. Why does this happen, ..and also,
    Is there some word that describes this? a word that describes that reflexive aspect of being startled? Also did Shakespeare have any nice descriptions of the act of being surprised by something?
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  3. Dec 5, 2015 #2
    I don't remember whether or not I am breathing when I am being surprised or watching a horror scene.
  4. Dec 6, 2015 #3
    Maybe it's your body taking in oxygen in case you had to fight or flight.
  5. Dec 7, 2015 #4
    Winding up for a good scream? (In both senses of the word!)
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