Decreased systolic blood pressure through operant conditioning techniques in patients with essential hypertension

Herbert Benson, David Shapiro, Bernard Tursky, Gary E. Schwartz

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Abstract

Operant conditioning-feedback techniques were employed to lower systolic blood pressure in seven patients with essential hypertension. In five of the patients, meaningful decreases of systolic blood pressure were obtained in the laboratory, ranging from 16 to 34 millimeters of mercury. The therapeutic value of such techniques remains to be established.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)740-742
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume173
Issue number3998
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1971
Externally publishedYes

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