Biofeedback: A Practitioner’s Guide

(4th Edition)

[Available – March, 2016]

Authors/Editors: Mark S. Schwartz, Ph.D. &

Frank Andrasik, Ph.D. (Eds.)

Publisher content: This comprehensive volume is widely regarded as the definitive practitioner resource and text in the field of biofeedback and applied psychophysiology. Leading experts cover basic concepts, assessment, instrumentation, clinical procedures, and professional issues. Chapters describe how traditional and cutting-edge methods are applied in the treatment of a wide range of disorders, including headaches, temporomandibular disorders, essential hypertension, pelvic floor disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, tinnitus, and others. Applications for optimizing physical performance among artists and athletes are also reviewed. A wealth of information and empirical research is presented in an accessible style, including helpful glossaries.

New to This Edition

  • Incorporates significant technological developments and new research areas.
  • Expanded focus on specialized applications, such as electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback/neurofeedback and heart rate variability biofeedback.
  • Chapters on surface electromyography, quantitative EEG, and consumer products.
  • Chapters on cognitive-behavioral therapy and relaxation training.
  • Chapters on additional clinical problems: anxiety disorders, asthma, work-related pain, traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorders, and substance use disorders.


Metaphors in Medical

Psychology, Medical Care, Applied Psychophysiology, and Health Care Education:

A Guide for Practitioners, Patients, and the General Public

Author/Editor: Mark S. Schwartz, Ph.D.

This book (and website) focuses on metaphors (and similes and analogies) in communications to patients, their families, students, professionals, the public, as well as for educators and health care professionals. Metaphors are very useful means to enhance communication and education. Metaphors present information, concepts, and plans in ways that are more acceptable, more understandable, more interesting, and more memorable than other methods. Metaphors help simplify information, concepts, and procedures that are complex. Health professionals commonly use metaphors and analogies in their communications with patients. The book includes definitions, rationale, history, approaches to metaphors, uses of metaphors, cautions using metaphors, selecting metaphors for patient education and cognitive preparation of patients, references, and websites. The book's rationale includes the assumption that patients and related audiences are very often unfamiliar, skeptical, and/or resistant to communications from healthcare professionals. Furthermore, patients very often forget much content that is communicated to them. The book contains a wide variety of metaphors for explaining psychological and psychophysiological conditions, standard, and complimentary and alternative therapies, stress management, making behavioral/habit and lifestyle changes, adjustment to chronic conditions, and the functioning of body systems including the autonomic nervous system.