Belief in Biofeedback for the Control of Short-Term Stress
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.
KeywordsMuscle Tension Biofeedback Training Physiological Indicant Frontalis Muscle Feedback Training
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- Budzynski. T. H., Stoyva. J. M. & Adler, C. Feedback-induced muscle relaxation: Application to tension headache. In T. X. Barber et al. (Eds.), Biofeedback A Self Control: 1970. Chicago: Aldine, 1971.Google Scholar
- Pelletier, K R. & Peper, E. The chutzpah factor in psychophysiological parameters of altered states of consciousness. In Proceedings of the Biofeedback Research Society 1974. Denver: USMC. 1974. No. 202.Google Scholar
- Schultz, J. H., & Luthe, W. Autogenic training: A psychophysiologic approach in psychotherapy. New York: Grune and Stratlon. 1958.Google Scholar