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Heat production response

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Increase in physiological heat production can occur through three mechanisms:

  • increased locomotor activity: overlaps with behavioural response, due to increased myofibrillar energy turnover
  • shivering thermogenesis
  • non-shivering thermogenesis

The last two heat production mechanisms tend to occur when other behavioural steps and mechanisms to reduce heat loss have failed. All three steps can result in a quadrupling of the basal metabolic rate.

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