Modulation of slow cortical potentials by instrumentally learned blood pressure responses

T. Elbert, L. E. Roberts, W. Lutzenberger, N. Birbaumer

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We assessed whether instrumentally-learned pressor responses inhibit electrocortical activity, as predicted by learning theories of idiopathic hypertension. Subjects received beat-by-beat feedback for increases and decreases in mean arterial pressure measured from the finger (Penaz method). Slow potentials were recorded from the midsagittal line during the final training session. Also recorded at this time were heart rate, eye movements, respiration, and post-session verbal reports of the subject's control strategies. Thirteen of 14 subjects differentiated blood pressure increases and decreases at p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-164
Number of pages11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1992


  • Blood pressure biofeedback
  • Fin.A.Pres.
  • Hypertension
  • Instrumental learning
  • Slow cortical potentials
  • Verbal reports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology


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