Determining the Effect of Autogenic Feedback Training Exercise (AFTE) on Control of Autonomic Responses


The purpose of this research was to determine if Autogenic Feedback Training Exercise (AFTE) is effective for teaching people to self-regulate physiological responses (e.g., heart rate, respiration rate, peripheral blood volume, blood pressure and skin conductance). This is a part of a study examining human physiological reactions to simulated re-entry of the Orion spacecraft using a rotating chair. It is anticipated that crew will experience motion sickness during re-entry and will require an effective countermeasure. Half of the test participants will be given 6 hours of AFTE to determine if this training can mediate symptoms of motion sickness. This poster provides a detailed description of training results of four subjects. Subjects were each given twelve 30-minute AFTE training sessions. One objective of this study is to evaluate each individual’s skill at controlling physiological responses during their first session and after receiving 2, 4 and 6 hours of AFTE. This will allow researchers to determine the minimal duration of training necessary to be effective. We hypothesize that subjects will show increased physiological control after the four hours of AFTE training.


Biology | Physiology


Dr. William Tuscano and Patricia Cowings

Lab site

NASA Ames Research Center (ARC)

Funding Acknowledgement

This material is based upon work supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of HHMI. This work was administered by the Cal Poly Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME) and the Fresno State Science and Mathematics Education Center (SMEC) on behalf of the California State University.

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