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biofeedback

[bahy-oh-feed-bak]
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noun
  1. a method of learning to control one's bodily functions by monitoring one's own brain waves, blood pressure, degree of muscle tension, etc.
  2. the feedback thus obtained.
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Origin of biofeedback

First recorded in 1970–75; bio- + feedback
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Examples from the Web for biofeedback

Historical Examples

  • Biofeedback is a newcomer to the therapeutic world that has grown tremendously in popularity in the last ten years or so.

    When You Don't Know Where to Turn

    Steven J. Bartlett

  • Biofeedback and relaxation training (see Chapter 5) are also among these shorter-term approaches.

  • Biofeedback therapy gradually enables individuals to become aware of certain physical changes in their bodies.

  • Similarly, biofeedback, hypnosis, and meditation emphasize the central role of mental control.

  • Biofeedback can help many people gain control over habitual, automatic processes.


British Dictionary definitions for biofeedback

biofeedback

noun
  1. physiol psychol a technique for teaching the control of autonomic functions, such as the rate of heartbeat or breathing, by recording the activity and presenting it (usually visually) so that the person can know the state of the autonomic function he or she is learning to controlCompare neurofeedback
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Word Origin and History for biofeedback

n.

also bio-feedback, 1969, from bio- + feedback. Said to have been coined by U.S. psychologist and parapsychologist Gardner Murphy (1890-1975).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

biofeedback in Medicine

biofeedback

(bī′ō-fēdbăk′)
n.
  1. A training technique that enables a person to gain some element of voluntary control over autonomic body functions. It is based on the principle that a desired response is learned when received information indicates that a specific thought or action has produced the desired response.
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biofeedback in Science

biofeedback

[bī′ō-fēdbăk′]
  1. The technique of using monitoring devices to obtain information about an involuntary function of the central or autonomic nervous system, such as body temperature or blood pressure, in order to gain some voluntary control over the function. Using biofeedback, individuals can be trained to respond to abnormal measurements in involuntary function with specific therapeutic actions, such as muscle relaxation, meditation, or changing breathing patterns. Biofeedback has been used to treat medical conditions such as hypertension and chronic anxiety.
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biofeedback in Culture

biofeedback

[(beye-oh-feed-bak)]

A training technique by which a person learns how to regulate certain body functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, or brain wave patterns, that are normally considered to be involuntary. The person learns by watching special monitoring instruments attached to the body that record changes in these functions.

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Biofeedback has had some success in the treatment of such disorders as chronic headaches and back pain.
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