Biofeedback- Stress Management

Notes for AQA A AS Psychology, Physiological Psychology, stress management techniques and biofeedback

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(One of the physiological approaches)
This is a technique, which involves recording the activity of the physiological
systems of the body's stress response, such as heart-rate, blood pressure or
tension in the neck muscles that can lead to stressinduced headaches.
Recording is usually made via electrodes on the skin leading to a hand held
monitor that the person holds.
The person the learns how to control and regulate the symptoms of stress so that
they can feel relaxed in reallife situations.
Produces significant longterm reductions in stress in everyday life.
May lead to benefits by producing a sense of control rather than purely
psychological methods.
Doesn't have side effects unlike the other physiological approach (drugs)
It's not invasive, it is voluntary.
Attanasio et al. (1985) found that biofeedback helped teenager and children
with stress related disorders to gain control over the symptoms of migraine
headaches. They also showed an increase in enthusiasm and positive
attitude (this is possibly because children are less sceptical.
Treats symptoms rather than the underlying cause of stress
Biofeedback may be more successful with some people rather than others
(individual differences i.e. Children compare to adults)
Some argue that the benefits of biofeedback could be gained from other
relaxation techniques and so biofeedback is an unnecessary expense.


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