Methodological and Technological Issues in Biofeedback Research
Stemming from two rather different psychological disciplines, psychophysiology and learning, biofeedback research combines the methodological problems of both fields in a very distinct fashion. It is questionable whether biofeedback is an independent scientific discipline today. A scientific discipline is determined by its methods. Current biofeedback methodology is lacking a comprehensive theoretical framework that could classify the various procedures that are used. Discussions of methodological issues in biofeedback research have been either very conceptual (e.g. Katkin & Murray, 1968; Crider, Schwartz, & Shnidman, 1969; Katkin, Murray, & Lachman, 1969) or have been addressed to specific problems that are found in biofeedback research but are not unique for this discipline. Recent examples regarding heart rate feedback are the papers by McCanne and Sandman (1975), Gatchel (1974), Lang and Twentyman (1974) and Borchard and Corson (1976), to mention just a few.
KeywordsOperant Conditioning Feedback Signal Technological Issue Heart Period Feedback Procedure
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