AASP offers webinars on a quarterly basis, providing valuable education on a wide range of topics by experts in the field. These are also available for on-demand viewing if you miss the live presentation. Credits toward re-certification of the CC-AASP designation can also be earned by participating in AASP webinars.

Applied Psychophysiology: Biofeedback and Neurofeedback for Sport Psychology Scientists and Practitioners

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

1:00 pm Eastern (12:00 pm Central, 11:00 am Mountain, 10:00 am Pacific; 18:00 GMT/UTC), international attendees should convert the time accordingly.

Speakers: Lindsay Thornton, Ed.D, United States Olympic Committee & Leonard Zaichkowsky, Ph.D., Sport Science Consultant

Length of session: 75 minutes


The term "biofeedback" was first coined in the 1960s, and its interventions in physical and mental health followed shortly after. Related professional associations were formed, and the field has witnessed a slow but steady development, including a significant recent movement into the field of sport psychology. This webinar will briefly recognize the historical development of what we now call applied psychophysiology. This introduction will be followed by a discussion of the benefits of using psychophysiology in your applied work, a description of the modalities used, a discussion of using psychophysiology for "profiling" or baseline assessment of clients, and a discussion of using psychophysiology for training "self-regulation" skills. Examples of venues across the globe that are using psychophysiology will be shared, along with a listing of relevant resources for sport psychology consultants.

You can attend an AASP Webinar session right from your office or home. All you need is a telephone and a computer with a high speed internet connection. The presentation's audio will be delivered over the telephone (toll-free) or through your computer. Registrants will be provided call in/login information and a web URL 2-3 days prior to the session. This information will give you access to the presentation right on the web in real time.
*Last day to register is Friday, January 16. Limited registration of 100 people per live virtual seminar. If you cannot watch the live airing on January 21, you will be able to view it on demand in the AASP Webinar Archive approximately two weeks after it has aired.

This program has been approved for 1.25 hours of CE to partially meet the 6-hour CE re-certification requirement for Certified Consultants (CC-AASP).



Lindsay Thornton, Ed.D., is a Senior Sport Psychophysiologist at the United States Olympic Committee. She has her Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Boston University in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in sport performance. Dr. Thornton has developed, advised, and provided training for psychophysiology labs in elite athlete training centers, domestically and abroad. She has spoken at various national conferences on the influence of the mind and brain on performance and health, and reciprocally, the neurocognitive influence of exercise on cognition and emotion. She is intrigued by the prospect of identifying psychophysiological markers for elite performance and using technology and education to enhance recovery and performance.

Leonard D. Zaichkowsky, Ph.D., is a widely known sport and performance scientist whose specialty is the psychophysiology of human performance. For 37 years, he was a professor at Boston University with a joint appointment in the School of Education and School of Medicine. Dr. Zaichkowsky is a 'pioneer' in bringing applied psychophysiology/biofeedback to the world of sport. He published his first of many papers on the topic in 1975, and developed a biofeedback laboratory at Boston University. From 2010 to 2012, he was Director of Sport Science for the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL where he introduced a comprehensive sport science program to the club, including the establishment of a psychophysiology "Mindgym". Currently, Len is a sport science consultant for a number of sport, medical, military, and business organizations.


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