Biofeedback and Performance: An Update
Final technical rept. 1 Jul-30 Aug 1984
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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To improve efficiency and quality of individual performance by assessing and evaluating the potential of biofeedback for development of relevant technology. The history of effects to use biofeedback for enhancement of human performance is reviewed, and a variety of recent research results are presented and critiqued. Internal events fed back to subjects include several brain frequencies and events EMG heartrate peripheral vasoconstriction, and other autonomic events respiration. Performance is measured on tasks involving gross and fine motor control, response to a variety of induced stressors, cognitive and psychomotor behaviors, and athletics. Major conclusions indicate that when mediated via a diffuse hypothetical construct biofeedback has little effect upon performance. However, some promise exists for enhancement through learned control of carefully identified internal events related to specific dimensions of performance.