Research & Publications

Dr. Peper’s research interests focus on the psychophysiology of healing, illness prevention, voluntary self-regulation, holistic health, healthy computing, respiratory psychophysiology and optimizing health with biofeedback. The following is a list of free down-loadable articles researched and published by Dr. Peper.

New  Publications

Posture and Health

Peper, E., Harvey, R., Mason, L., & Lin, I-M. (2018). Do better in math: How your body posture may change stereotype threat response. NeuroRegulation, 5(2), 67-740 Do better in math Published NeuroRegulationpdf

Peper, E. & Harvey, R. (2018). Digital addiction: increased loneliness, depression, and anxiety. NeuroRegulation. 5(1),3–8doi:10.15540/nr.5.1.3 

Peper, E., Mason, L., & Huey, C. (2017). Healing irritable bowel syndrome with diaphragmatic breathing. Biofeedback. 45(4), 83-87. DOI: 10.5298/1081-5937-45.4.04

Peper, E. & Aita, J. (2017). Winning the Gold in Weightlifting Using Biofeedback, Imagery and Cognitive Change. Biofeedback, 45(4), 77–82. DOI: 10.5298/1081-5937-45.4.01

Peper, E. & Harvey, R. (2017). The fallacy of the placebo controlled clinical trials: Are positive outcomes the result indirect treatment side effects? NeuroRegulation. 4(3–4), 102–113.

Peper, E., Lin, I-M., Harvey, R., & Perez, J. (2017). How posture affects memory recall and mood.  Biofeedback.45 (2), 36-41.

Peper, E., Lin, I-M, & Harvey, R. (2017). Posture and mood: Implications and applications to therapy. Biofeedback.35(2), 42-48.

Peper, E. (2017). Enhancing Yoga with Biofeedback. J Yoga & Physio.2(2).

Peper, E., Lee, S., Harvey, R., & Lin, I-M. (2016). Breathing and math performance: Implication for performance and neurotherapy. NeuroRegulation, 3(4),142–149.

Educational Model for Self-healing: Eliminating a Chronic Migraine with Electromyography, Autogenic Training, Posture, and Mindfulness

Peper, E., Booiman, A., Lin, I.M., & Harvey, R. (2016).  Increase strength and mood with posture. Biofeedback, 44(2), 66-72.

Peper, E., Booiman, A., Lin, I.M., & Harvey, R. (2016).  Increase strength and mood with posture. Beweegreden,12(2), 14-17.

Peper, E., Booiman, A., Lin, I-M, Harvey, R., & Mitose, J. (2016). Abdominal SEMG Feedback for Diaphragmatic Breathing: A Methodological Note. Biofeedback. 44(1), 42-49

Shaffer, F., Combatalade, D., & Peper, E. (2016). A Guide to Cleaner Skin Temperature Recordings and More Versatile Use of Your Thermistor.

Peper, E. (2016). Increase energy. Western Edition. April, pp4.  Offers background and self-care practices of changing internal dialogue and identifying energy gains and energy drains to increase subjective energy.

Tsai, H. Y., Peper, E., & Lin, I. M.* (2016). EEG patterns under positive/negative body postures and emotion recall tasks. NeuroRegulation, 3(1), 23-27. This article demonstrated that if you are sitting collapsed, it takes almost twice as long and the brain has to work much significantly harder to access positive memories than when you sit erect. Sitting collapsed facilitates the presence of negative, hopeless, defeating thoughts and memories. While sitting erect and looking upward increases the access to positive thoughts and memories can possibly could decrease depressive thoughts and feelings. Thus clinicians and clients need to be aware of posture and encourage upright posture to promote health.

Peper, E., Gilbert, C.D., Harvey, R. & Lin, I-M. (2015). Did you ask about abdominal surgery or injury? A learned disuse risk factor for breathing dysfunction. Biofeedback. 34(4), 173-179. DOI: 10.5298/1081-5937-43.4.06

Peper, E., Nemoto, S., Lin, I-M., & Harvey, R. (2015). Seeing is believing: Biofeedback a tool to enhance motivation for cognitive therapy. Biofeedback, 43(4), 168-172.  DOI: 10.5298/1081-5937-43.4.03

Peper, E., Martinez Aranda, P., & Moss, D. Vulvodynia Treated Successfully with Breathing Biofeedback and Integrated Stress Reduction
Porges, S. & Peper, E. When Not Saying NO Does Not Mean Yes:
Psychophysiological Factors Involved in Date Rape
Transforming Chained Behavior

Clinical Tip: Relax and Relax More
Increase Productivity, Decrease Procrastination, and Increase Energy
The “Duhhh Factor”
Support Healthy Brain Development: Implications for Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder
Wireless devices may cause harm, be careful while using mobile phones, tablets or laptops
Making the Unaware Aware-Surface Electromyography to Unmask Tension and Teach Awareness
Poor awareness of covert low-level muscle tension and poor ergonomics can result in chronic muscle bracing and the development of clinical symptoms. This article introduces a simple exercise to teach awareness and control of residual muscle contraction, presents evidence of its effectiveness, and concludes with a case study in which it contributed to the treatment of severe pelvic girdle pain.

The Power of Words, Biofeedback, and Somatic Feedback to Impact Illness Beliefs
The article explores the use of words, biofeedback and somatic feedback as tools to change illness beliefs. These tools can make patients aware of the mind-body connection, illustrating how thoughts and emotions can affect their body.
Depression, Movement, and Energy Level
My energy slowly drained and I became more sleepy the
longer the lecture lasted; however, when the instructor
guided us through a few physical movements, my energy and
mood significantly increased. I can pay much more attention.

Technology and Health

Stress Protocol for Assessing Computer-Related Disorders
If It Is Just Ergonomics, Why Do My Employees Still Hurt?
Computer-Related Symptoms
Assessment, Treatment and Prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) at the Workstation
Unique Safety Program Wins Governor’s Award
Group Training with Healthy Computing Practices to Prevent RSI
From Technostress to Technohealth
Stay Healthy at the computer
Healthy Computing Email Tips
Article in Dutch: Een technologische kramp
Improve Health with Movement: There is Life After Five.
Computer Related Symptoms: A Major Problem for College Students
Keep Cell Phones and PDAs Away From EMG Sensors and the Human Body to Prevent Electromagnetic Interference Artifacts and Cancer

Chronic Pain Management

Pain as a contextual experience in Townsend Letter-The Examiner of Alternative medicine
Single-Session Treatment of Hip Pain: Factors Underlying the Healing Process
Falls and hip fractures are not inevitable: A return to nature
Exercise or Play? Medicine of Fun
Healing a Shoulder Injury
Body Piercing by a Yoga Master: Control of Pain and Bleeding
Sufi piercing: Dutch article by Booiman, A., Peper, E., Saleh, S., Collura, T., & Hall. H.
Healing of Vulvodynia from the Client perspective 2015-06-15
Breathing biofeedback to reduce side effects after a kidney transplant

Tseng, C., Peper, E., Harvey, R., Yau, C., & Abili, R. (2016). Reducing Acne-Stress and an Integrated Self-Healing Approach. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 41(4), 445.

Breathing and Wellness

Teaching Diaphragmatic Breathing to Children
Protocol for the Treatment of Asthma
Effortless Diaphragmatic Breathing: Reduce Symptoms of Hyperventilation, Panic and Asthma
Taking Control: Strategies to Reduce Hot Flashes and Premenstrual Mood Swings
Effect of Breath Patterns on Balance: Breathe Diaphragmatically to Prevent Falling
MacHose and Peper Effect of clothing on inhationa volume
Symptom prescription

Performance Optimization

Athletes are different
Training Strategies for Concentration
A Teaching Strategy for Successful Hand Warming
Enhancing Therapeutic Success: Some Observations from Mr. Kawakami
The ‘Aha’ Experience with Somatics: Demonstrating Mind and Body Unity
Optimize Performance in Daily Life: Improving Physical Fitness and Health at the Worksite
Treating Prostate Cancer with Immune Therapy Using the GorterModel
Better Balance, Fewer Falls

The Effects of Upright and Slumped Postures on the Recall of Positive and Negative Thoughts

Experience the Mind-Body Connection: A Metaphor for Immune Competence
Integrated stress management with ‘Make Health Happen: Measuring the impact through a 5-month follow-up.
Achieving health: A 14-session structured stress management program—Eczema as a case illustration
Improving College Students’ Health-Including Stopping Smoking and Healing Eczema
There is Hope: Autogenic Biofeedback Training for the Treatment of Psoriasis
About the methods of Autogenic Therapy
The Future of Biofeedback
Current Applications of Biofeedback to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Place Yourself in Your Client’s Shoes with Biofeedback to Promote Healing
How to do Clinical Biofeedback in Psychosomatic Medicine
Biofeedback: An Evidence Based Approach in Clinical Practice
Erik Peper is Recognized for his Research
I thought I was relaxed
Biofeedback History: An Alternative View
Thermal biofeedback training in children with headache Autogenic therapy

About the method of Autogenic Training

Mcphetridge, J., Thorne, E., Peper, E., & Harvey, R. (2011) SEMG for training awareness
and muscle relaxation during toe touching. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe. Munich, Germany, February 22-26, 2011.

Electroencephalography feedback (EEG)

Reduction of efferent motor commands during alpha feedback
Localized Alpha EEG Feedback Training

Healing and Therapeutic Touch

Fields and their clinical implications-Part I
Fields and their clinical implications-Part II
Fields and their clinical implications_Part III: Anger and how it affects human interactions.
Fields and their clinical implications Part IV: Depression from the energetic perspective: Etiological underpinnings
Fields and their clinical implications Part V: Depression from the energetic perspective: Treatment strategies
Fields and their clinical implications Part VI: The pain process and strategies for pain reduction
You are whole through touch: Dora Kunz and Therapeutic Touch
An holistic merger of biofeedback and family therapy
Towards the end of suffering: The contributions of integrating mind, body and spirit by Mr. Kawakami

Peper, E., Kawakami, M., Sata, M. & Wilson, V.S. (2005). The physiological correlates of body piercing by a yoga master: Control of pain and bleeding. Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine Journal. 14(3), 223-237.

Peper, E., Kawakami, M., Sata, M., Franklin, Y, Gibney, K. H. & Wilson, V.S. (2005). Two breaths per minute yogic breathing. In: Kawakami, M. (2005). The Theses of Mitsumasa Kawakami II: The Theory of Yoga-Based Good Health. Tokyo, Japan: Samskara. 483-493. ISBN 4-434-06113-5