Psychology Biofeedback

Psychology Biofeedback

  • Vasile Zoicas 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.

    Vasile Zoicas

    Thank you William. For now, CODESNA_HRV is intended for researchers wanting to have a complementary tool for HRV assessment that provides real times ANS dynamics and new markers, compared to existing tools. Later on, we'll check the opportunity to interface with commercial monitors in real time.

  • Jerry Wesch 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?

    Jerry Wesch

    Sorry to just find this question. We used HRV feedback in a day treatment setting for PTSD soldiers via a small individual biofeedback device called a Stress Eraser. Soldiers were willing to use the device and most liked it. The Stress Eraser is available as an OTC self-help device. Stress Eraser ( and the Heart Math emWave both work fine.

    Another modality that is synergistic is cranial electrical stimulation (CES) - see We found it invaluable for anxiety, pain, headache and insomnia.

  • 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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