Accession Number:

ADA025671

Title:

Alpha Control and Its Mediating Effects on Pain and Anxiety

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

301.0

Abstract:

The purpose of the experiment was to examine the mediating effects of alpha brainwaves on pain and anxiety. Three groups of five subjects each received biofeedback training with either alpha brainwaves alpha group, the pre-recorded brainwaves of the alpha group yoked group, or beta brainwaves beta group. All subjects believed they were receiving alpha training. Their subjective evaluation of the intensity of cuff-induced pain was recorded along with the amount of alpha generated, pulse rate and blood pressure. The alpha and yoked alpha brainwaves randomly and intermittently reinforced groups showed to significant difference in enhancement of alpha over baseline measurements or in the reduction of blood pressure and pulse rate physiological indicators of anxiety, however, both groups performed significantly better than the beta group. Regardless of initial group assignment, high alpha producers generally showed a greater tolerance to ischemic pain than low alpha producers.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE