Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
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Biofeedback: An Experience of Resonance

  • Dan HaldemanEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_200035


One of the main protocols in the rapidly evolving field of Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) is EEG (electroencephalogram) Biofeedback. Biofeedback uses technology to provide a client with needed information about psychological states and physiological states (muscle tension, galvanic skin temperature, and brain waves) in an attempt to mitigate the effects of these physiological/psychological states. This interdisciplinary paradigm was introduced to the US medical community in 1969 as a way of giving humans more control over their physiology and consciousness, making the connecting links between physiology and psychology more apparent and accessible.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Integral-Transpersonal PsychologyCalifornia Institute of Integral StudiesSan FranciscoUSA