Dear Fellow AAPB Members:
Here is my update on what AAPB is up to:
AAPB's regional/state/international chapters are currently only very loosely affiliated with AAPB. We used to have an active "council of chapters" which met during AAPB's annual meeting and also had a representative on AAPB's board. Frankly, we have neglected our chapters for far too long. Stu Donaldson, our incoming president, has decided to make strengthening our affiliations with our chapters a high priority - starting now.
The question is how to accomplish this vital task. Some ideas which have been broached so far include:
(a) Having quarterly "go to meeting" meetings of all the chapter presidents with AAPB's president (etc.) via the web to replace the non-functional council of chapters meeting at AAPB's meeting. These meetings would explore how to optimize mutual support for the chapters and AAPB.
(b) Having speakers from AAPB's board present at chapter meetings. Stu Donaldson and I just did this at the North East Regional Biofeedback Society. Our presence gave us a chance to let chapter members know what AAPB is doing and explore what their needs are from the organization.
(c) Having the chapter presidents attend AAPB's virtual board meetings (held using "go to meeting" via the web) so they have direct access to ongoing discussions and can present their own needs.
What do you think we should do to strengthen ties?
As you know, this year's annual meeting will be broadcast live over the web using "go to webinar" so people all over the world can attend.
(a) Who can attend: When I asked for your opinions about whether the virtual meeting should be open only to people outside the US and Canada or to everybody regardless of where they are, every person who responded said the virtual meeting should be open to everybody regardless of location. The board considered this and agreed. The nightmare for AAPB would be that less people attend in person than would do so otherwise.
(b) Practice run: AAPB's consultant for getting the meeting software working is Linda Walker. She just did a "dry run" at the Midwest chapter's meeting last weekend. The good news is that the registration process is simple and works well. The broadcast was viewed in real time by one person overseas who reported that the audio and video was very good. The bad news is that one person was not able to get access to the meeting for some reason. This means that we will have to staff a "help desk" for anybody who has problems attending the virtual meeting.
As I said in my last message to you, AAPB's webinar program lost momentum last year. We are starting to advertise our webinars through our social networking campaign to a far wider audience than just AAPB's membership. We need people who are willing to present topics of general interest. If you are interested in exploring giving a presentation, please let me know and I'll pass your contact information on to our webinar coordinator, Chris Gilbert.
Social Networking Campaign:
The campaign is getting underway. We need help identifying both professional interest groups we can contact and - especially - interest groups of people with disorders we can treat. Please send your ideas to me.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Applied Psychophysiology Comes of Age: Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Applications in Clinical Practice and Optimum Performance
"I have not missed an AAPB meeting in years. I keep coming back for the friendships, the cross fertilization of ideas and most of all, the networking. Looking forward to Savannah!" - Dr. Richard N. Gevirtz, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Alliant International University at San Diego
AAPB is the pioneering professional society devoted to education and research in this field. We are pleased to be hosting our 45th Annual Scientific Meeting in Savannah, Georgia this spring. Please reserve the dates and make sure to attend the entire meeting. You won't want to miss the opportunity to attend practical workshops, hear from leading clinicians and researchers, and check out the latest equipment.
Hotel Reservations are now open at the Hyatt Regency Savannah. Be sure to book your reservation by February 18, 2014 to ensure the best rate possible.
FEATURED KEYNOTE PRESENTERS:
Friday, March 21
Over the intervening decades, links between signal complexity and health have been demonstrated for many other biological measures, including brain waves, breathing rate, balance, and gait. More than scientific curiosities, these measures offer powerful medical opportunities, Goldberger believes. "The body's output signals are highly predictive," he said. "What we'd like to do is probe those signals for encoded information telling us that the body's physiology is about to drive off a cliff." Goldberger, a Wyss Institute core faculty member, is working with other members of the Anticipatory Medical and Cellular Devices Platform to develop algorithms and other computational tools to expose when signal complexity is breaking down. Goldberger said he couldn't do the work alone. The non-linear equations needed to map changes in biological systems are so complex, he said, that it makes a huge difference to involve physicists - who are more familiar with such modeling.
Friday, March 21
This presentation will discuss behavioral and neural mechanisms of mindfulness training. It will highlight how fMRI neurofeedback can be used to delineate and confirm neural correlates of behavior and cognitive states, which can be of use in basic cognitive neuroscience. It will also describe how source-estimated EEG neurofeedback can be used for assessing cognitive states such as mindfulness neuroscientifically and augmenting them clinically.
Saturday, March 22
The most empirically supported treatments in the treatment of PTSD are the exposure therapies, all of which require the patient to approach and even relive the traumatic experience. Not surprisingly, given that avoidance of traumatic reminders is a hallmark of PTSD, dropouts and short-term increases in stress-related responses are common problems faced by clinicians and researchers. Recurrence of symptoms at times of new stressful encounters is also commonly reported. In this workshop, theory and research will be presented on the integration of exposure therapy with two adjunctive treatments designed to increase treatment palatability, decrease dropout, and lower recurrence. The first, HRV biofeedback, increases tolerability of the anxiety created by approaching trauma symptoms. The second, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, helps the individual to accept the residual anxiety without pathologizing these experiences. A session by session treatment approach will be described, together with supporting theory and research and preliminary clinical data on the success of the integrated treatment.
More to come...
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Audio-visual Entrainment - Physiology, Clinical Outcomes & Latest Research
By the end of 2012, there were about 50 clinical studies supporting the effectiveness of audio-visual entrainment (AVE). An advantage of AVE is that it affects cerebral blood flow, neurotransmitters, dissociative/meditative states and brainwave activity. AVE is easy to use and boosts cognition. Students using AVE show increased GPA, concentration, memory and reduced worry. ADD/ADHD children or adults and with seniors with cognitive decline also benefit from using AVE. Other applications of AVE include deep relaxation, hypnotic induction, PMS, SAD, PTSD, migraine headache, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.
ABOUT OUR PRESENTER:
As a member of AAPB, you have the privilege of casting your vote in the Board of Directors election each year. An effective, committed Board of Directors is essential to the success of any organization. AAPB's volunteer leaders are the embodiment of the organization's intellectual diversity and are dedicated to furthering the field of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback.
The AAPB Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the following positions for the 2014-15 board:
Please click here to submit your nomination(s) and to learn more about the open positions. Be sure the individual(s) you nominate has/have agreed to be placed on the ballot. You will be required to provide name(s) and email address(es). Self-nomination is encouraged.
Feel free to contact Dr. Jeffrey Bolek, Past President and Nomination Committee Chair, if you have any questions.
Membership Committee Chair
AAPB strives to ensure that it is meeting the wants and needs of its membership. As the association evolves and changes, it is imperative that we have capable and dedicated committee leadership in place to lead us toward the achievement of our strategic goals and objectives. We are currently seeking a member volunteer to chair its Membership Committee. By volunteering, you will have the opportunity to be involved in a way that provides meaningful support to your peers and gives you a voice in the association.. The purpose of the Membership Committee is to:
If you would be interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Michelle Cunningham at email@example.com or (800) 477-8892, ext. 132.
Biofeedback Device Table Updates
We are looking for a student member to update one of AAPB's most popular resources, the Biofeedback Device Table. Created ten years ago by AAPB President Richard ?Sherman, this reference guide lists the characteristics of devices available on the market, but is now so outdated, it is useless.
If you would be interesting in taking on this project, we are pleased to offer FREE registration to the 2014 AAPB Annual Meeting in Savannah, GA (March 19-22, 2014), one night accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Savannah and a $200 travel stipend to attend the meeting.
For more information, please contact Michelle Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 477-8892, ext. 132.
Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
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HRV Biofeedback Relieves Athlete's Concussion
Researchers and clinicians are recognizing this and have been focusing on treatments to resolve not just the physical symptoms but also the underlying physiological imbalance that results from such a head injury. An article in the current issue of the journal Biofeedback reports on a clinical case study using one such treatment, known as heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback. The authors argue that this treatment can help athletes suffering from postconcussion syndrome (PCS), which occurs when concussion symptoms last at least three weeks. Previous research has shown that concussion causes a dys-regulation of the autonomic nervous system, and HRV biofeedback moderates that problem.
The study comes amid increasing concern about how sports-based concussions are diagnosed and handled. A US senator is proposing a law that would require schools to prevent students from playing sports if a concussion is suspected, and several states have passed or are considering legislation that would require baseline concussion testing for high school athletes. The National Football League also recently agreed to a $765 million settlement over concussion-related brain injuries among its retired players.
After 10 weeks of HRV biofeedback, the patient's headaches and other postconcussion symptoms had decreased while her vigor had increased. The authors note that one of the most dramatic changes was from severe to mild depression.
The authors attribute these changes to the HRV biofeedback and suggest that it would be a useful part of PCS treatment, particularly compared to antidepressants and sleep aids that simply treat the symptoms of concussion. They recommend a randomized, controlled trial be conducted to further study the effectiveness of HRV biofeedback.
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Call for Nominations - Distinguished Scientist Award
The AAPB Awards Committee invites AAPB members to submit nominations for the Distinguished Scientist Award to be presented at the AAPB's 45th Annual Meeting on March 19-22, 2013 in Savannah, GA.
The Board approved the creation of the Distinguished Scientist Award to be presented annually "in recognition of an outstanding career and scientific contribution to the field of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback."
The recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award will be invited to give an address at the 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting; the date, time and topic to be determined by the Program Committee Chair.
Candidates for this award are reviewed and recipients are determined by the AAPB Awards Committee. To nominate an individual who represents the purpose of the award please complete the online nomination form.
The Distinguished Scientist Award was created in 1995. Past awardees include:
1995 Neal Miller, PhD
Nominations must be received by December 15, 2013. Award winners will be notified in January 2014. Nominate someone you know today!
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The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance
BCIA certifies individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback, neurofeedback, and biofeedback for pelvic muscle dysfunction, and progressively recertifies those who advance their knowledge through continuing education. For more information on certification or recertification, contact BCIA today: