Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

 
                                                                 
E-Newsletter
October 2008 - Vol 2, Issue 3
In This Issue
A Message from the President
What is Biofeedback?
A New Biofeedback Alliance
Biofeedback Brings Home the Gold
Clinician's Tool Kit Now Available
Upcoming Events
New Publications
Welcome New Members
Quick Links
A Message from the President
 
By Aubrey Ewing, PhD
 
You receive Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback as an AAPB membership benefit-a print copy in the mail and full-text e-access to all published issues via the members-only portion of the AAPB website.  I'd like to point out that the journal is also a truly excellent one to which you may submit your papers. 
 
Peer review is carried out expeditiously and efficiently via the journal's online manuscript-submission and peer-review system, Editorial Manager.  This system allows authors to track the progress of their papers.  Production times are speedy and papers published quickly.  The journal is accepted into the most prestigious abstracting/indexing services, such as PsycINFO, PubMed/Medline, and the Social Science Citation Index, and has wide distribution worldwide.  We're proud that its Impact Factor, a measure of content quality, has risen over the last year.
 
Speedy peer review and publication; great visibility and availability for your work.  Please consider submitting your original papers to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (submit online now).   In addition to reading the journal and accessing papers via the AAPB website (or via a participating university library network), I invite you to support our official publication by submitting your next paper.  Should you have any questions about this, Editor Frank Andrasik is available and will be pleased to hear from you.
 
Enjoy the issues and online access, and participate by submitting your next original paper! 
 
Aubrey Ewing, Ph.D.
President, AAPB 
"What is biofeedback?" question answered by leading scientific groups
Biofeedback has evolved from a fascination in the 1960s and 70s to a mainstream methodology today for treating certain medical conditions and improving human performance.  This evolution has been driven by years of scientific research demonstrating that the mind and body are connected, and that people can be taught to harness the power of this connection to change physical activity and improve health and function.  Public interest in biofeedback is growing, and with it the need for a clear answer to the question, "what is biofeedback?" The leading professional organizations representing the field have answered with a standard definition. See the full article.
A New Biofeedback Alliance
By David Stumph, CAE, Executive Director
 
A special event has taken place. The Presidents and Presidents-Elect from the three bodies representing biofeedback, AAPB, BCIA, and ISNR, have come together to discuss the future of the profession. The result is a  new affiliation, which was dubbed the Biofeedback/Neurofeedback Alliance. We all walked away from this new alliance with a renewed vision for the future of biofeedback. By coming together, we learned that we share the same goals and vision for advancing the future of biofeedback and that there is a unity of spirit among the three groups in achieving qualified growth in this profession. Read more about the goals set forth by the alliance.
Biofeedback Brings Home the Gold
When Abhinav Bindra took home the gold medal in the 10 metres air rifle event at the Beijing Olympics, he not only earned the first individual medal ever for India, he also demonstrated how biofeedback training can be an integral part of performance optimization at the highest level.
 
Dead aim is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the skills needed to excel at shooting. In addition, shooters need controlled breathing and heart rate, no excess tension in their muscles, no interior monologue, and sharp focus and good reactions to trigger at the moment when the sight image is correct.
 
Sport psychologist Timothy Harkness used biofeedback training to help Bindra master control over all these areas. Harkness joined a team of shooting coaches, a physician, chiropractor, dietician and physiotherapist to prepare Bandra for the 2008 competition. The result was that an already world-champion athlete was able to push his skills and focus even higher. He achieved his personal goal and earned the only medal for India during the 2008 games.
 
To learn more about the use of biofeedback in peak performance training, contact the optimal functioning section of AAPB at rtinneract@aol.com.

Clinician's Tool Kit Now Available

In response to member requests, AAPB has created a  Clinician's Tool Kit. The kit provides resources to help you manage, promote and sustain a  successful clinical biofeedback practice. In it you will find:
  1. Patient/Consumer Tools
  2. CPT Code Tools
  3. Insurance, Billing & Coding Tools
  4. Justification for Biofeedback Tools
  5. Biofeedback in the Media Tools

It is  free to AAPB members. Login to the members-only section at www.aapb.org. Put these tools to work for you today! You will want to watch the site periodically as new items will be posted on a regular basis.

Upcoming Events
  • AAPB TeleSeminars: See full schedule.
  • AAPB Fall Workshop: Blast Injuries: TBI, PTSD, and Pain - November 7-8, 2008, Washington DC. See details.
  • AAPB Annual Meeting: April 2-4, 2009, Albuquerque, New Mexico. See the Call for Exhibits online. 

Two New Publications Available Now
Biofeedback Mastery: An Experiential Teaching and Self-Training Manual
by Erik Peper, Hana Tylova, Katherine H. Gibney, Richard Harvey and Didier Combatalade
 
This book teaches basic skills derived from more than 30 years of biofeedback training and teaching experience:
  • Making sense of the data
  • Translating a computer-based practice into home practice
  • Monitoring and displaying biological signals of interest
  • The underlying physiology of each signal
  • Accurately recording the signal
  • The basics of self-regulation
  • Limitations of psychophysiological monitoring
  • Techniques for connecting and attaching sensors
  • Discriminating real feedback signals from artifact.

Evidence-Based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback - 2008 Edition
by Carolyn Yucha, PhD and Doil Montgomery, PhD

This book reviews the efficacy levels of 41 types of disorders treated with biofeedback. These reports represent an increase from 37 specific disorders and a doubling in size over the previous edition, from 48 to 96 pages. Biofeedback and neurofeedback provide the kind of evidence-based practice the health care establishment is demanding. Evidence-based practice is a process that uses the best evidence, preferably research findings, to guide delivery of health services. Levels of evidence range from case reports to observational studies to randomized clinical trials. 
 
See the AAPB store for pricing.
Welcome New Members!
We welcome those individuals who have recently become new members of AAPB.  We're delighted to have you join the premier international society for mind-body interactions in research, healthcare and education.  Thank you for joining the AAPB community. We hope to meet many of you at the Annual Meeting in Albuquerque.  See the complete list online.
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