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ERIC Number: ED072482
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 11
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Biofeedback: An Operational Definition and Control of Dissonance.
Gibb, J. Douglas; MacDougall, Allan B.
This study is part of a program designed to attempt identification of dissonance through components of electrophysiological instrumentation, for measuring and presenting to a person some of his own unconscious dissonance, of which he is normally unaware. Using college students as subjects, the authors used attitude ratings on values to attempt to induce in them feelings of self-dissatisfaction about specific values and attitudes and then measure attitude change. Their findings include indications that subjects could learn relaxation of muscle tension to low levels quite easily with biofeedback methods; further, biofeedback enabled subjects to maintain a lower arousal state, making them less susceptible to overreaction because of dissonance. A further study was designed to test whether it was possible through biofeedback training to control the internal states of dissonance and thereby control attitude change. Overall results indicated that such feedback training in control of muscle activity helped the subject to maintain a state of calm during a "dissonance" experience; therefore, he was not prone to change his behavior. (Author/RN)
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