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.
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