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Biofeedback-Based Mental Training in the Military—The “Mental Gym™” Project

Biofeedback-Based Mental Training in the Military—The “Mental Gym™” Project The “Mental Gym™” is a practical mental training program that helps participants to cope better with stressors and to be able to keep an emotional and physical balance in their everyday tasks. This new multidisciplinary training combines a number of methodologies: biofeedback, neurofeedback, mindfulness, stress inoculation techniques, imagery, and various problem solving and attentional training methods. This article describes the process and obstacles of implementing the Mental Gym project with military pilots and elite unit personnel. Through examples of some of the training protocols, the author also shares insights from ten years of experience in providing an effective “tool box” for enhancing psychophysiological and cognitive flexibility in the military setting. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biofeedback Allen Press

Biofeedback-Based Mental Training in the Military—The “Mental Gym™” Project

Biofeedback , Volume 39 (3) – Nov 1, 2011

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Publisher
Allen Press
Copyright
Association for Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback
Subject
SPECIAL ISSUE: INNOVATIONS IN THE APPLICATION OF BIOFEEDBACK AND NEUROFEEDBACK FOR OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE
ISSN
1081-5937
eISSN
2158-348X
DOI
10.5298/1081-5937-39.3.03
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Abstract

The “Mental Gym™” is a practical mental training program that helps participants to cope better with stressors and to be able to keep an emotional and physical balance in their everyday tasks. This new multidisciplinary training combines a number of methodologies: biofeedback, neurofeedback, mindfulness, stress inoculation techniques, imagery, and various problem solving and attentional training methods. This article describes the process and obstacles of implementing the Mental Gym project with military pilots and elite unit personnel. Through examples of some of the training protocols, the author also shares insights from ten years of experience in providing an effective “tool box” for enhancing psychophysiological and cognitive flexibility in the military setting.

Journal

BiofeedbackAllen Press

Published: Nov 1, 2011

Keywords: Keywords : biofeedback , military , stress , stress-inoculation , mental training

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