Belief in Biofeedback for the Control of Short-Term Stress

  • J. Douglas Gibb
  • Eric Stephan
  • C. E. Tapie RohmJr.


This research explores the effect of biofeedback training and mental expectation or “belief” on the relief of short-term stress. Three experiments using a total of 165 subjects demonstrated that similar low levels of tension could be achieved with physical training using biofeedback instruments or with “belief” training using a biofeedback machine for a demonstration only. Two physiological indicants of short-term stress were the subjects’ muscle tension and finger temperatures. The results seem to indicate the possibility of a method of instruction for educators and therapists that, when coupled with traditional biofeedback training, may produce superior results at a reduced monetary investment.


Covariance Boulder 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Douglas Gibb
    • 1
  • Eric Stephan
    • 2
  • C. E. Tapie RohmJr.
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Speech and Dramatic ArtsBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA
  2. 2.Communications Department. Interpersonal and Organizational DivisionBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA
  3. 3.College of Osteopathic MedicineOhio State UniversityAthensUSA

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