The University of Iowa might just have the solution. It is offering students a way to conquer test anxiety, using a mind-reading technology that leads them into a state of relaxation.
Staff psychologist Todd Pietruszka created the university’s Biofeedback Program four years ago. Last year, the program’s participant rate doubled.
“Biofeedback” displays students’ brainwaves and alerts them when they’ve dropped into a state of calm focus.
The Biofeedback Program aids students in improving study habits and their ability to work more efficiently on homework, according to IowaStateDaily.com.
The program helps students to feel confident, aware of their actions and enhances their ability to understand and control their actions.
“Once a student learns to reduce their anxiety using skills learned through biofeedback training, their performance increases significantly — often resulting in dramatic improvements in academic performance,” U of Iowa Counselor and clinical psychologist, Jeffrey Ellen told TechCrunch.
In the past year, 429 students have used the program.
Some students attribute their use of the Biofeedback Program as key to their academic success, the IowaStateDaily.com story said.
“I really want to focus on my senior year, and I’ve been really stressed out,” Sarah Bishop, senior in advertising and first-time Biofeedback Program client told IowaStateDaily.com.
“Everything’s building up, and I just felt like I need to get some guidance. My professor brought me to realize that there is a program that’s out there that can help me.”
The Biofeedback Program is a resource that is available to all ISU students.