Association for Applied

Psychophysiology and Biofeedback



E-Newsletter, February 2011 

Volume 5, Issue 1 

In This Issue
Strategic Plan Update
AAPB Looks to its Future
FABBS and FABBS Foundation
In Memoriam
Biofeedback 38(4) Available Online
Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
Welcome New Members
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A Message from the President
Carmen Russoniello, President, AAPB

Who Dat?
Psychophysiology and Biofeedback goes Mainstream!

You don't have to look far to notice that psychophysiology and biofeedback are growing in acceptance and credibility. I have seen a steady growing interest in our profession, and what it has to offer; in a myriad of places, ranging from popular culture to institutions conducting cutting-edge research, as well as those on the forefront of clinical medicine. This breadth of acceptance speaks directly to the cultural assimilation of psychophysiology and biofeedback. Not only do an awful lot of people understand the importance of what we do, they are incorporating these concepts into their work and leisure.


Here are a few examples of how psychophysiology and biofeedback are being sewn into the fabric of our culture. Keep in mind, it was not so long ago that the only psychophysiology seen in movies or on TV was when Dr. Frankenstein revived a corpse with electroconvulsive therapy. Nowadays, psychophysiology and biofeedback are evident in many popular venues, such as movies like the Cell, the Matrix, Inception, Meet the Parents, etc. TV shows, such as V and CSI, and game shows such as Bridalplasty and Date My Mom, also use psychophysiology. College-age students tell me that MTV has a number of reality shows that use some form of psychophysiology and/or biofeedback. Another fast growing area is the use of psychophysiology and biofeedback in video games.


When you come to New Orleans, you will experience the excitement surrounding combining video games and biofeedback. A panel of game developers and health researchers will present ongoing research on the use psychophysiology techniques to develop games and to measure their intrinsic health benefits. The panel will also explore the developing field of health games, including those that incorporate biofeedback processes.


Here are the presenters on this panel and their topics:

  • Design Principles for Physiological Gaming, Lennart Nacke, PhD
  • Psychophysiological Enhancement of Gameplay and Simulations, Chad L. Stephens; Alan T. Pope, PhD, NASA Langley Research Center and Nina M. Blanson, Yale University
  • Neural Feedforward and Feedback Mechanisms of Rhythmic Game Play, Adam Noah, PhD
  • The Efficacy of Casual Video Games in Reducing Clinical Depression and Anxiety: A Randomized Controlled Study, Carmen Russoniello, PhD, BCB, BCN; Matthew Fish, MS(c), BCB; Ruth-Ann Styron, BS, East Carolina University


Marketers, security personnel, pilots, astronauts, Olympic champions, professional athletes, and artists are also using psychophysiology and biofeedback methods and techniques. Products that respond to physiological change are being used in fingernail polish, college transcripts to prohibit fraud (The original is reactive to touch. A copy is not), and newer tests of fidelity using EEG and HRV. Psychophysiology and biofeedback is everywhere. We owe thanks for this to those in past decades who worked hard to the set stage for the cultural assimilation of our craft.


Wait, there's more! Click here to continue reading Dr. Russoniello's message... 


Strategic Plan Update


In the last email I highlighted the executive summary of the AAPB's fall strategic planning meeting. Since they are so important, here they are again. Please click here to find the entire strategic plan laid out in detail. Prior to the upcoming Annual Meeting, board members, section leaders, and committee chairs will receive specific assignments to meet the goals of the plan. You will be able to connect with these leaders and offer your support in helping get the tasks completed. Please do not hesitate to contact these members directly.


I want to thank everyone that was involved in this process including our executive management provided by Dave Stumph, Monta Greenfield, and Allison Mendrys. I also want to thank the Board members Gabriel Tan, John Arena, and Chris Gilbert for their work in developing this plan and commitment to psychophysiology and biofeedback.


AAPB Looks to its Future


By David L. Stumph, IOM CAE

AAPB Executive Director


Future thinking is one of the most important jobs that a Board and its executive team has in serving its constituents. In difficult economic times, it is especially important to understand the threats and challenges that are inherent as a result of the downturn and to set strategies that will guide the organization and its members to a more positive future.


Much has changed over the past few years. And much of that change has been driven by the downturn in the economy. Members typically hold on to their money longer before renewing their membership, registering for a conference, or making other important decisions that affect payment of funds. Members are also looking for more continuing education options that might not involve travel or less expensive, more localized educational opportunities. While online networking will never replace an in-person exchange of ideas and expertise, it is becoming more and more a part of the day-to-day human experience.


Read more on AAPB's future...


Annual Report of FABBS and FABBS Foundation


AAPB has cultivated an alliance with the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS), who will be providing frequent updates.


The Federation promotes human potential and well-being by advancing the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. As a coalition of scientific societies, we they communicate with policy makers and the public about the importance and contributions of basic and applied research in these sciences.


The 2010 calendar year brought new visibility to FABBS and the 23 scientific societies it represents. Our activities ranged from traditional advocacy for science funding to new areas such as advocating for the inclusion of our sciences alongside traditional STEM (science, technology, engineering, and technology) fields. In 2010, we also brought visibility to the FABBS Foundation with the development of educational activities in new areas. Through the efforts of three staff, two volunteer boards, and our numerous member society representatives, we are advancing the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. Our major advocacy and education activities, as well as new tools for communicating with our member societies and the general public are highlighted below.


Read more on FABBS and their recent activities in their 2010 Annual Report and 2010 Year in Review.


In Memoriam


Bernard (Bernie) Edelstein

AAPB regrets to announce that Bernard (Bernie) Edelstein, a prominent and distinguished member of AAPB, died on July 30, 2010. Bernie began work in the biofeedback profession in 1971. He received his MS in counseling from the University of Bridgeport. He worked as a biofeedback therapist and director of individual and group sessions at the Biofeedback Institute of New York. Bernie was a longtime member of AAPB and Biofeedback Society of America. He was a passionate proponent of biofeedback and believer in the Mind/Body connection. To send condolences, please contact Marjorie Edelstein, 22 Hickory Hill Road, Eastchester, NY 10709, (914) 779-1510


Thomas Hice Budzynski

Dr. Thomas Hice Budzynski passed away on Monday, February 14 early in the morning. He was 77. This concluded an illustrious career, depicted by diverse and innovative projects. Tom developed the first analog-to-digital electromyography instrument in 1968 later partnering, Biofeedback Systems. Tom, a pioneer in the fields of Bio- and Neuro-feedback has taught at numerous universities. Best known for his research and writing in management of stress problems, he explored and developed training for acquisition of "twilight learning" and, investigated photic stimulation for clinical use and helped pioneer EEG training for cognitive restoration from brain damage. For the past 9 years Tom has been in private practice in Poulsbo, and was a Clinical Professor connected with the University of Washington. Tom's friends and colleagues stretch across the world, it would be unrealistic to try to gather in one place so we are taking communications from his facebook and by email or mail.


Biofeedback 38(4) Available Online!


We are pleased to announce that Biofeedback's latest issue (Winter 2010) is now available online at


The Winter 2010 issue has a Special Section dedicated to the legacy of the "father of biofeedback," Neal Miller, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth. In addition, there are fascinating feature articles on the history of biofeedback, the use of psychophysiological interventions to treat sex offenders, and the use of surface electromyography to reduce industrial injuries in a newspaper printing operation.  


Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

In association with the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback 


Interesting Features Added to Journal Homepage

The Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback homepage ( now includes the Most Downloaded Articles published in the journal.  You may select any or all of three time periods that are constantly updated in real time - 7, 30, and 90 days.  The homepage then shows the five most downloaded articles in the selected time period, together with the number of downloads for each of the five articles.  Can you guess what is the most downloaded article in the last 90 days (as I write this)?  It's Neurofeedback Outcomes in Clients with Asperger's Syndrome (Thompson, Lynda; Thompson, Michael; Reid, Andrea). It's also the most downloaded article in the last 30 days!


Congratulations to authors Thompson, Thompson, and Reid.  Will it be the most downloaded article when you're reading this newsletter?  Visit the homepage ( and see.


A related feature has been added also - a graph of the total number of article downloads over three time periods updated in real time.  Select 7, 30, or 90 days and see a graph of the number of full-text downloads in that time period.   Can you guess what's the day within the last 90 (October 27, 2010 - January 24, 2011) that experienced the most downloads of articles from this journal?  It's December 29, 2010, a clear winner with 409 downloads that day.  I guess people really enjoy downloading papers during the holidays.


Submit Your Next Paper to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

Submit your paper to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback at: Fair and efficient refereeing.  Speedy publication.  Wide global dissemination, including to all AAPB members. For more information, including author instructions, visit the journal homepage:


If you have general inquiries or submission questions or have ideas for special topical issues, please contact Editor-in-Chief, Frank Andrasik (new e-mail:   


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Senior Editor, Springer

January 24, 2011


Welcome New Members! 
Penny Werthner, PhD, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Blair G. Whitmarsh, Langley, BC, Canada
Carlo A. Pruneti, MS, PhD, PsyD, Parma, Italy
Wolfgang Greve, Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Alex E. Walsh, MA, Boston, MA
Earl K. Ireland, Scarborough, ME
Ramona M. Miller, PsyD, Lillington, NC
Lonnie E. Elliott, LPC, Beaufort, SC
Thomas J. Nevitt, PhD, Allenhurst, GA
Marvin Trowbridge, RN, BSN, Chattanooga, TN
Jennifer L. Barbieri, LCSW, Hattiesburg, MS
Shilagh A. Mirgain, PhD, Madison, WI
Erika Fessler, Naperville, IL
Daniel T. Holly, PhD, Carbondale, IL
Tanya Radecker, RN, Metairie, LA
Louis E. Costello, MD, Lewisville, TX
Phillip R. Ludwig, MS, LPC, Temple, TX
John Cummins, PhD, The Woodlands, TX
Louis H. Esquivel, MD, San Antonio, TX
Kelly Bennett, Santa Fe, NM
Suzanne Engelman, Dana Point, CA
Rashmi P. Bhandari, PhD, Menlo Park, CA
Catherine Marino, PsyD, San Francisco, CA
Janna N. Kent, RN, BCB, Bothell, WA