Biofeedback and Self-regulation

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 201–216 | Cite as

Cognitive factors in biofeedback therapy

  • Donald Meichenbaum


The role that the client's cognitions(viz., his self-statements and images) play in each of the various phases of biofeedback training is examined. Biofeedback training is conceptualized as including three phases: initial conceptualization, skills-acquisition and -rehearsal, and transfer of treatment. Cognitive-behavior modification procedures to alter or employ the clients' cognitions at each of these phases of treatment are described. A cognitive theory of self-control is offered, postulating a three-stage mediational change process whereby:(1) the client must become an observer of his behavior and physiological responses;(2) this recognition becomes the cue to emit incompatible cognitions and behaviors; and, finally,(3) the content of the client's cognitions following change influences the generalization and persistence of treatment effects. The implications of this theory for biofeedback training are discussed.


Treatment Effect Health Psychology Physiological Response Change Process Cognitive Theory 


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  • Donald Meichenbaum
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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