Psychology Biofeedback

Psychology Biofeedback

  • Dominik Fuchs added an answer:
    What distinguishes HRV Biofeedback from RSA Biofeedback, Respiratory Feedback and Heart Coherence Biofeedback?

    The Terms HRV BF, Heart Coherence BF, Respiratory BF and RSA BF often seem to be used synonymously. However, different authors stress different aspects of the intervention. Furthermore, the best respiratory frequency to increase HRV (around 0,1 Hz) doesn't always seem to be the best frequency for HR/RSA Synchrony/Coherence. Are there clear distinctions?

    And what is the difference in calling the respective Intervention "... Biofeedback" or "... Training"?

    Thank you.

    Dominik Fuchs

    Thank you, Mike. 

    So the resonant frequency is the one with the highest peak at around 0,1Hz and not the frequency with the highest outcome of RMSSD? I still haven't entirely understood what the immediate health benefits of the resonant frequency - as opposed to 6 breaths/minute for everyone - are. Is it the coherence of respiration, heart rate and baroreflex or pulse transit time resp.?

    In our case, the breathing at around 0,1Hz is facilitated by a Music Therapist via Monochord (Inhalation) and Chanting (Exhalation), which seems to be a easy to understand and well received way of pacing. Though the Music Therapist sees and works with the visual feedback, I am not sure if it is accurate to call our intervention (single session) HRV Biofeedback, since it is more like a HRV/RSA Training?

  • Dennis Pultinas added an answer:
    Has anyone used of heart rate variability biofeedback or monitoring in inpatient psychiatry?

    Has anyone used of heart rate variability biofeedback or monitoring in inpatient psychiatry?

    Dennis Pultinas

    Dear Andrew 

    Thanks so much for these resources and your work on this subject.  We're just getting started on a research project here and our still finding our way.  Your response is very helpful!


  • Gabor Borgulya asked a question:
    Nature and practical significance of the improvements in response control?
    Quote from the abstract: "Results showed significant improvements in response control". How was response control defined and measured? What are the practical implications of the improvements seen?
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      ABSTRACT: Background. In past research, several case studies and five controlled-group studies explored the effect of electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback on intelligence, attention, and behavior in children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but no studies have explored the effects of EEG biofeedback in nonclinical adults on measures of response control, mood, emotional intelligence, and self-efficacy.Method. Sixteen nonclinical college students were randomly assigned to receive Beta/Sensory Motor Rhythm EEG biofeedback to increase 12 to 15 Hz activity while inhibiting 4 to 7 Hz and 22 to 36 Hz activity. A control group received placebo EEG biofeedback. All participants completed pre- and postmeasures assessing intelligence scores, attention, impulse control, mood, emotional intelligence, and self-efficacy to assess the effect of EEG biofeedback.Results. Results showed significant improvements in response control but no improvements in attention. Measures of intelligence and emotional functioning did not change after EEG biofeedback.Conclusions. This study indicates that response control may improve in a few as 20 EEG biofeedback sessions. Implications and shortcomings discussed.
      Journal of Neurotherapy 01/2007; 11(4-4):1-9. DOI:10.1080/10874200802143998

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