June/July 2012

AAPB Newsletter
June/July 2012



Dear AAPB Members,

Vacations, stress and biofeedback.

The summer months are upon us and for many that means vacations. In times of financial uncertainty there is an increase in unused vacation time at the end of the year. Some worry if a business can operate without them for two weeks maybe the job is not that critical after all. The end result is a worker that never got his/her batteries recharged which may lead to poorer performance which may lead to the very thing that started this whole vicious cycle, that is, worry about losing employment.

A survey was done on the workforce in America as to the perceived level of stress. During this protracted period of economic uncertainty the reported stress level was found to have decreased! Of course this made no sense so the researchers delved deeper into the answers on the questionnaire they used. They found that perceived stress was indeed lower but they also found that the respondents had merely acclimated to the stress level such that they no longer felt stress as “stress”; stress had become the new norm. 

One of the biggest offenders in this way are caretakers, people like AAPB members. Caretakers are great at helping others achieve good health, not so good at helping themselves achieve it. Fact is, for whatever reason we have chosen to walk down the path of helping people, either in a clinic, hospital, classroom, sports arena, medical office, or by designing equipment or as support staff to those that are in practice. I am reminded of a remark made by an adult with cerebral palsy after having been prescribed a medication to reduce her spasticity and pain. She said she never knew she was in pain until the medication took the pain away.

I haven’t found anyone with biofeedback connections on the list of the 100 most successful people in America nor on the list of the richest but we each in our own way help to reduce the unhappiness in those around us and for that we all deserve a real vacation free of guilt for not being there for a patient or business deal, or of checking email/voicemail or any of the thousand things we can find to worry about. Have a good vacation!


Jeffrey Bolek, PhD
AAPB President


The Doctor’s Remedy: Biofeedback for Stress

Dr. Lawrence D. Rosen, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Integrative Medicine, and a pediatrician at the Whole Child Center in Oradell, N.J. contributed to an occasional series in The New York Times, Well, that talks to doctors around the country to find out what nontraditional medicines or therapies they sometimes recommend or use themselves.  Click here to read the article that is based on his recommended remedies for stress using biofeedback devices published May 12, 2012.

Iowa State offers help during stressful weeks

Iowa State offers many services and techniques that can ensure students a successful and low-stress end to the school year. One of these services is Biofeedback, which can be viewed through SCS’s website. After an hour-long orientation, students who wish to help reduce their stress levels are free to use the equipment available to help assess and lower their stress levels. Visit the Iowa State Daily website to read the entire article.


Another Service for Authors – Edanz, a Scientific Editing Service

The Editorial Board of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback has encountered an increasing number of manuscripts from international authors.  That’s great.  The journal’s homepage (www.springer.com/10484) now includes a link, English Editing Service – Edanz, to aid some of these authors prior to submission of their papers. Why?  

Springer is working with Edanz, a scientific and medical communications company based in Japan, China, and Hong Kong that provides language-editing and other services to individual researchers and universities worldwide.  Edanz helps international authors whose first language is not English by providing them with professional editing services.  Often scientific journals must return submitted papers to such authors because, despite scientific quality and relevance, the manuscripts don’t meet linguistic requirements sufficiently to enable peer review.  Authors contact Edanz directly, and obtain a 10% discount off Edanz’s fee when referred from Springer’s homepage or otherwise mention Springer.  Of course, using an editing service is neither a requirement nor a guarantee of acceptance for publication.

Springer and Edanz also organize free workshops for scientific authors worldwide, held in conjunction with universities and institutes in regions where little is published in English-language journals and books, such as China, Latin America, and the Middle East.  Springer also added to its homepage the Springer Author Academy (www.springer.com/authors/journal+authors/journal+authors+academy), a comprehensive guide on writing and publishing scientific and medical manuscripts especially geared to first-time international authors.  The Academy is currently available in English and Chinese.

Submit Your Next Paper to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback welcomes manuscript submissions (including from international and newer authors) at:  http://apbi.edmgr.com.   Experience efficient refereeing and speedy publication, initially in Online First and then in an issue (online and print).  Papers enjoy broad distribution worldwide, including to all AAPB members, and are extensively abstracted/indexed, including in PsycINFO, PubMed/Medline, and SSCI.  Please visit the journal homepage  (www.springer.com/10484) for more information.  General inquiries and your suggestions for special thematic  issues should be sent to Editor-in-Chief Frank Andrasik (fndrasik@memphis.edu).  Support AAPB by submitting your paper to its Official Publication.

Sign up for SpringerAlerts for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

Receive free SpringerAlerts and know when the current issue is published online and what papers are in it and read their abstracts  –  weeks before receiving the print version.  To sign up, simply type your e-mail address in the box on the journal homepage (www.springer.com/10484).   AAPB members may go to the members-only section of the AAPB website (www.aapb.org)  to access the full text of the entire issue (and all back issues).

Carol Bischoff
Senior Editor, Springer

Biofeedback now in print for all AAPB members!

Biofeedback is now a benefit of your membership! As an AAPB member in 2012, you automatically receive all four issues of Biofeedback in print, mailed to your home or office, at no additional charge. And you still have full access to the current issues and back issues on the journal’s web site: www.aapb-biofeedback.com.

Did you Know?

Did you know that you can sign up to get free alerts when new article are posted to Biofeedback’s web site?  Just visit the web site and sign up for E-Mail alerts. You can opt to receive alerts when new content is posted, when citations occur for articles you’ve flagged and when the newest Table of Contents is posted for an upcoming issue. To sign up, visit www.aapb-biofeedback.com.

Most Popular Articles

Ever wonder which Biofeedback articles were the most popular last month? Just visit Biofeedback’s journal web site and check out the Top Articles every month. This feature is located in the right column on the Available issues page at http://www.aapb-biofeedback.com/loi/biof   Want to read one of the Top Articles? Just click one of the links and you’ll be connected to the article’s abstract, full text and PDF. Just log-in to view the full text and PDF versions. 

Questions? Please e-mail Biofeedback publisher Maria Preston-Cargill at mcargill@allen.press.com
Help Shape Federal Health Policies

For a short time, members of our society have an unprecedented opportunity to affect federal health policy in ways that could benefit our country.

AAPB is a member organization in the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS). A former FABBS board member, Dr. Phil Rubin, has recently been appointed to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is involved in an exercise to identify "tractable problems," that is, key scientific issues that could have a significant impact on the future of the nation and the lives of its citizens; are concrete and doable in 1,3,5, or 10 years; and do not need new monies attached to it.

Could members of the society please forward their ideas for 'key scientific issues that could have a significant impact on the future of the nation and the lives of its citizens'?   

To have broad appeal, this probably should not be a narrow biofeedback directive; but it should include issues like decreasing healthcare costs, improving quality of life for a large segment of the population, extending functional life, improving productivity and performance, etc.

Please send your ideas to the following email address: info@aapb.org.

We will compile all the feedback and submit it to FABBS on behalf of AAPB. FABBS will coordinate input to Dr. Rubin. Please address the issues above in no more than one page for each idea (and shorter is certainly fine) by June 27th.


Paul Lehrer, PhD
AAPB representative to FABBS


Sections and Divisions

AAPB Sections and Divisions are open to all current members of AAPB for networking and additional educational opportunities within an area of specialty or interest. Membership in the sections and divisions is optional and require additional dues. If you are interested in joining one or more of the groups, please contact AAPB at info@aapb.org or (800) 477-8892 and we will be happy to assist you. Click here to view a complete list of AAPB’s Section and Divisions.


Virtual Education 2012 Webinar Schedule

AAPB understands that all of your educational needs may not be met with our annual scientific conference. That is why we offer monthly virtual education webinars to help fulfill your educational needs.

Virtual Education Webinars are 90-120 minutes each and provide up to 2.0 hours of continuing education credit. The webinars are all recorded live and available for purchase in the AAPB Store for those who were unable to attend.

Please see below for a list of our current offerings and keep watching your email inbox for announcements of the many other exciting webinars we will be offering throughout the year.

Click the titles below for more information and to register.

Especially Bugged by Stress: Social Adversity, Microbes and Immunity in the Development and Treatment of Depression – Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET. Presented by Charles L. Raison, MD, Barry and Janet Lang Associate Professor of Integrative Mental Health, University of Arizona

Don’t miss these upcoming Webinars:

  • October 2012: Autogenics with Dr. Erik Peper
  • November 2012: Couples Therapy with Dr. Ray Varlinsky

Did you miss a live webinar? Don’t worry, you can purchase the recording in our online store and even get CEUs!

SAVE THE DATE: 2013 Annual Meeting: March 13-16 in Portland, Oregon

Mark your calendars for March 13-16, 2013 to attend the 44th Annual Scientific Meeting in Portland, Oregon. You won't want to miss this educational event and the networking opportunities available! The theme for 2013 is Creating Synergy: Integrating Methods and Modalities.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Dennis C. Turk, PhD, John and Emma Bonica Professor of Anesthesiology & Pain Research; Director, Center for Pain Research on Impact, Measurement, & Effectiveness (C-PRIME) at University of Washington; Editor-in-Chief, Clinical Journal of Pain
  • Leslie Sherlin, PhD, Chief Science Officer, Neurotopia, Inc.
  • Chet Moritz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Depts of Rehabilitation Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics, University of Washington School of Medicine


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