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Psychophysiological methods to explore the mind-body relationship


The Mind-Body Lab is under the direction of Dr. Bruce Friedman. Current research uses psychophysiological methods to explore the mind-body relationship. Our work is primarily focused on the relationships between emotions, personality, and autonomic nervous system activity. Some specific topics of interest include states and traits such as anxiety, worry, stress, and hostility in relation to cardiovascular activity; autonomic activity and emotion; reflexive versus intentional action,; and meditation and biofeedback. Mind-Body Lab research is both basic and applied in nature and spans the domains of psychophysiology and behavioral/psychosomatic medicine. Non-invasive psychophysiological measures are used, such as heart rate variability, impedance cardiography, and blood pressure. Find out more at http://www.psyc.vt.edu/labs/mindbody/.