McCanne, Thomas R.
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Psychology
Headache; Biological control systems
Twelve females with high-frequency migraine headaches, 12 females with high-frequency tension headaches, and 12 females with low-frequency headaches (control condition) were individually trained in finger warming during four sessions. Each session consisted of a 3-minute no-feedback trial, a 9-minute feedback trial and a second 3-minute no-feedback trial. The subjects in this study demonstrated an ability to raise their finger temperature significantly during the first no-feedback trial of the first session (before any training). There was no significant improvement in finger-warming skill across sessions. The subjects were consistently able to raise their temperature during the first no-feedback trial and during the feedback trial. However, they were unable to make significant increases during the second no-feedback trial (following feedback). There were no significant effects for either headache type or pretraining expectations.
Anderson, J. A., "The effects of headache history, pretraining expectancy, and resting temperature on digital-temperature biofeedback" (1980). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 5654.
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