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Applied relaxation: an experimental analogue study of therapist vs. computer administration
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2007 (English)In: Computers in human behavior, ISSN 0747-5632, E-ISSN 1873-7692, Vol. 23, no 1, 2-10 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This experimental analog component study compared two ways of administrating relaxation, either via a computer or by a therapist. The second phase of applied relaxation was used, which is called "release-only relaxation". Sixty participants from a student population were randomized to one of three groups: computer-administered relaxation, therapist-administered relaxation, or a control group in which participants surfed on the Internet. Outcome was measures using psycho-physiological responses and self-report. Objective psychophysiological data and results on the subjective visual analogue scale suggest that there was no difference between the two forms of administration. Both experimental groups became significantly more relaxed than the control group that surfed on the Internet. Practical applications and future directions are discussed.

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2007. Vol. 23, no 1, 2-10 p.
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applied relaxation, computer administration, Internet, psychophysiology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-154217DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2004.03.032ISI: 000241318000001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-154217DiVA: diva2:419642
Available from: 2011-05-27 Created: 2011-05-27 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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