Richard Harvey, Ph.D.
Psychoneuroimmology is a term that implies the relationship between thoughts (the mind) and the immune system (the body). This psychoneuroimmunology program presents plausible mechanisms explaining how psychological processes (attitudes, beliefs, cognitions and emotions) influence neuroendocrine and neuroimmune outcomes. Advances in molecular biology and immunocytochemistry will be summarized to aid understanding the interconnections between psychological thought processes and physiological endocrine and immune processes. Also covered are models describing how processes related to expectancy and conditioning may manifest in placebo (or nocebo) effects that strengthen or weaken neuroimmune responses, focusing on expectancy and conditioning strategies employed during a biofeedback training session.
- Participants will describe the research data in basic psychoneuroimmunology.
- Participants will identify the major components of the immune response to fight illness.
- Participants will list beneficial biofeedback techniques or other supportive interventions that have been linked with improvements in immune function.
Profiling Stress and Courage
Richard Harvey, Ph.D
Profiling stress or, courage responses may be possible by distinguishing cardiovascular or other measurements (e.g. heart rate, vasoconstriction or vasodilation, breathing) in reaction to tasks presented during a biofeedback protocol. For example, visibly displaying a response to a profiling task not only brings insight for developing psychological attitudes of courage and resiliency, but also awareness of HOW MUCH physical overexertion of the cardiovascular system (or other systems) is occurring. This workshop explores step-by-step methods for distinguishing between various distressing (distress) and growth promoting (eustress) reactions. Covered are theories related to the sequence of tasks used when profiling psychophysiological interactions, as well as practices ranging from sensor placement and rapport building to feedback techniques and interpretation of measurements. All skill levels are welcome.
- Participants will learn theory supporting the choice and sequence of tasks for running a stress profile protocol.
- Participants will describe useful sensor placements for running a stress profile.
- Participants will identify skills for building rapport during a stress profile protocol.
About Dr. Richard Harvey