ERIC Number: ED253781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
An Exploration of the Relationship between Wrist Temperature and Relaxation Training.
Matthews, Doris B.; Casteel, Jim Frank
Research supports skin temperature changes (increases) as indicators of stress reduction or relaxation. To study the utility of skin temperature at the wrist as a measure of relaxation, 226 seventh grade students recorded their wrist temperatures before and after a 15-minute relaxation training exercise each morning for 29 weeks. Teachers checked to ensure that the students properly recorded the temperatures, and an observer from the research team visited each classroom at least once every 2 weeks. Results showed that wrist temperatures increased significantly during the relaxation exercises, and that the increases grew larger as the study continued, indicating that students learned to relax more fully with more practice in the program. The study helps validate the use of wrist temperatures as a practical measure of relaxation (or stress) for researchers, or as a biofeedback technique for individuals. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Wrist Temperature
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the South Carolina Association for Counseling and Development (21st, Myrtle Beach, SC, January 25-27, 1985). For related research, see CG 017 971.