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University Creates Biofeedback Station To Relieve Student Stress & Raise Test Scores

The increasing popular university program is helping students cope with anxiety and increase performance.

Karen Summerson
Karen Summerson on October 8, 2012. @KJSummerson

The four-year old Biofeedback Program at Iowa State University’s Student Counseling Center is garnering national attention, with its large student enrollment and successful results. Todd Pietruszka, student counseling service staff psychologist, created the center on campus to help relieve students’ stress and anxiety using a series of three programs: “Healing Rhythms”, “Passage” and “Wisdom Quest.” Each addresses different problems that students could be experiencing, including severe testing anxiety and stress-management.

Jeffrey Ellen, psychologist and coordinator of the Biofeedback Program and Mind/Body Center, says this of the program:

Once a student learns to reduce their anxiety using skills learned through biofeedback training, their performance increases significantly — often resulting in dramatic improvements in academic performance. That’s where biofeedback training comes in; biofeedback teaches students to notice the early signs of anxiety before that same anxiety negatively affects the functions of the brain that are important for peak performance.

Hoping to help participants gain a larger sense of wellness and confidence, the program is available to ISU students.

For more information, visit the Biofeedback Page on the university’s website.

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