by Vietta E. “Sue” Wilson, Ph.D., York Universite, Canada
Peper, E., Harvey, R., & Takabayashi, N. (2009).Biofeedback an evidence based approach in clinical practice. Japanese Journal of Biofeedback Research, 36(1), 3-10.Clinical biofeedback procedures are highly effective ameliorating a variety of symptoms that range from urinary incontinence to hypertension as well as assess a person’s somatic awareness by making the invisible visible. The paper reviews the biofeedback process and some psychosomatic applications. Psychosomatic patients often demand more skills than just attaching them to the equipment. Successful treatment includes a) assessing physiology as a diagnostic strategy, b) explaining the illness processes and healing strategies that are congruent with patients’ perspective, c) reframing the patients’ illness beliefs, and d) psychophysiological training with homework practices to generalize the skills. This process is illustrated through the description of a single session with a patient who experienced severe gastrointestinal distress and insomnia.
REGEN3 will present the latest developments in EEG brainwave music research, by presenting an ensemble comprised of Toronto jazz musicians playing music which is driven and altered by the brainwaves of the audience. Audience members can become part of an advanced mass EEG system which uses audience brainwaves to control both the music and lighting environment: a truly ‘smart’ building. Join us and see what happens when the mood of the environment is “regenerated” by the collective consciousness of the attendees.
Surface Electromyography: Use, Design and Technological Overview
It is simply remarkable how the pace of science and technology has advanced so rapidly over the past 300 years. It is particularly astonishing to bear in mind that a whole fundamental branch of physics (electrical) has developed in this time. To see this stark contrast in relation to our present day developments in the applied sciences, specifically my topic of electromyography, we need only to consider these following historical breakthroughs.
Source: Gibney, H.K. & Peper, E. (2003).Taking control: Strategies to reduce hot flashes and premenstrual mood swings. Biofeedback, 31(3), 20-24.
Erik Peper, Ph.D., Richard Harvey, Ph.D. San Francisco UniversityPeople, especially young adults, are spending increasingly more and more time connected to their computer (Subrahmanyam, Kraut, Greenfield & Gross, 2000). At school or home they send emails, chat and surf the net, and sit behind the computer eight hours a day at work. Even when going on vacation, they stay connected to the internet through their “Blackberry” or Wi-Fi connections at hotels and in coffee shops.
Source: Wilson, V.E., Peper, E. & Gibney, K. (in press). The ‘Aha’ Experience with Somatics: Demonstrating Mind and Body Unity. Somatics, XIV(2), 4-7
The Ergonomic Safety Program Team at SFSU was recently awarded Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Employee Safety Award for its groundbreaking program that helps employees practice healthy computing habits… read more
Source: Wilson, V.E., Peper, E. & Gibney, K. (in press).Using the “Aha” Experience with Biofeedback: Enhancing Body-Mind Integration. Biofeedback. Using Surface Electromyography by Glenn Kasman, PT An article published in Rehab Management.
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