biofeedback

noun
bio·​feed·​back | \ ˌbi-(ˌ)ō-ˈfēd-ˌbak How to pronounce biofeedback (audio) \

Definition of biofeedback

: the technique of making unconscious or involuntary bodily processes (such as heartbeats or brain waves) perceptible to the senses (as by the use of an oscilloscope) in order to manipulate them by conscious mental control

Examples of biofeedback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one program, called EaseVR, patients with chronic pain learn to control their mind and body through VR biofeedback therapy in a whimsical forest of glowing trees beside a shimmering lake. Brennan Spiegel, Scientific American, "Virtual Reality and the COVID Mental Health Crisis," 15 Nov. 2020 Founded in 2018, Reflect Innovation, a Joy Ventures portfolio company, has developed a portable interactive textile product that utilizes biofeedback to help people become aware of their emotional state and experience moments of calm. Miri Polachek, Fortune, "5 companies that want to track your emotions," 22 Aug. 2020 Now, with an assist from developers of virtual-reality games, effective therapeutic biofeedback is becoming more affordable, accessible and engaging. Todd Feathers, WSJ, "Videogame Technology Could Bring Biofeedback Therapy to the Living Room," 8 June 2020 For decades, use of biofeedback to help sufferers of anxiety, among other psychological conditions, has largely been limited to clinical settings with expensive—and somewhat tedious—medical equipment. Todd Feathers, WSJ, "Videogame Technology Could Bring Biofeedback Therapy to the Living Room," 8 June 2020 But the benefits of HRV biofeedback are not reserved for elite athletes. David Shearer, Quartz, "Fight performance anxiety with the same techniques elite athletes use," 7 Dec. 2019 But an old biofeedback machine in a medical office has no shock value and isn’t Instagram-worthy high-resolution video of gorgeous goopsters doing snowga. Jennifer Gunter, STAT, "Goop’s pseudoscience ministry comes to Netflix," 17 Jan. 2020 Patitucci and Tyson had fitted each of the plants with a small device that translated biofeedback into a sonic data. Wired, "Let Your Plants Play Music, and Gardens of Sound Will Bloom," 25 Sep. 2019 If these mainstream treatments don’t offer relief, a patient might try alternative options like biofeedback, osteopathic manipulation, or acupuncture. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "People Living With Chronic Pain Are Turning to This Support Group for Help," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of biofeedback

1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Biofeedback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biofeedback. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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biofeedback

noun
How to pronounce biofeedback (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of biofeedback

: the technique of controlling things in your body (such as heartbeats or brain waves) with your conscious mind

biofeedback

noun
bio·​feed·​back | \ -ˈfēd-ˌbak How to pronounce biofeedback (audio) \

Medical Definition of biofeedback

: the technique of making unconscious or involuntary bodily processes (as heartbeat or brain waves) perceptible to the senses (as by the use of an oscilloscope) in order to manipulate them by conscious mental control

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