Scientists Invent Promising New Treatment for Stage Fright - Biofeedback Training

by Tanya Thomas on  June 11, 2010 at 10:24 AM Research News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
Font : A-A+

A new process called biofeedback training holds promise as treatment for stage fright.
 Scientists Invent Promising New Treatment for Stage Fright - Biofeedback Training
Scientists Invent Promising New Treatment for Stage Fright - Biofeedback Training

Musical Performance Anxiety (MPA) is a severe form of stage fright marked by high anxiety levels and impaired performance and up to 72 per cent of all musicians may suffer from MPA. Like other forms of stage fright, MPA is a complex experience that has mental, emotional, physiological, and psychological components.

University student-musicians were taught techniques to control their heart rhythm patterns and focus their thoughts and emotions, after they performed once on stage. After a heart rate biofeedback device provided feedback, they were asked to perform again.

The results showed a 71 per cent decrease in performance anxiety and a 62 per cent improvement in performance. When applied in other areas of their lives the procedure reported an increased sense of calmness, improved anger management, better sleep and generally more relaxed feelings.

Biofeedback training is easy, inexpensive, fast-acting, and noninvasive and there are no side effects or potentially harmful drug interactions.

The techniques work by sending signals between parts of the brain-heart-body system through the heart rhythm patterns (heartbeat), nerves, hormones and electrical impulses. When there is better communication or synchronicity between these systems, people often feel a sense of well-being, calmness and mental clarity. This is known as psycho physiological coherence, and it can enhance efficiency, promote health and emotional stability and increase brain function and performance.

Source: ANI

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

Biofeedback Treatment for Anxiety, Migraine and Blood Pressure 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive