Through education in physiology, psychology, and technology Saybrook University's psychophysiology degree program trains students to assess and assist two types of patients:
- Healthy people desiring to enhance performance through behavioral control of their physiological systems.
- Unhealthy individuals who can be treated through recognizing dysfunctions of physiological systems.
Saybrook’s online M.S. in Psychophysiology Program is intended for people with undergraduate degrees who are seeking basic skills in psychophysiology and associated areas. The program is designed to prepare graduates for transition into Saybrook’s Applied Psychophysiology Doctoral Program.
Typical coursework in our online master’s program includes:
- Foundations of Psychophysiology
- Psychophysiological Recording, Assessment, and Intervention
- Basic Hypnosis: Optimal Functioning
- Basic Biofeedback
- Basic Neurofeedback
- Psychophysiological Research
- Basic Bioscience
Because psychophysiological interventions and techniques are applicable across a broad range of careers, graduates of Saybrook University’s online psychophysiology degree program may have the opportunity to affect lives in fields and industries such as sports, education, business, and the military.
Online M.S. in Psychophysiology Sample Courses
Essentials of Bioscience
This course teaches the fundamentals of electronic circuitry, biochemistry, human electricity, math, & human physiology as used in professional psychophysiology. Required knowledge of electronic circuitry must be sufficient to understand how a psychophysiological recording device functions and what the controls actually do including roll-off, signal to noise ratios, frequency spectrums, etc. Knowledge of biochemistry must be sufficient to understand the structure of major neurotransmitters, behavior – enzyme interactions, etc. Knowledge of human electricity must be sufficient to understand impulse propagation, the direction of electric fields, etc. Knowledge of mathematics must be sufficient to understand behavioral genetics, field studies, and basic statistics. Knowledge of human physiology must be sufficient to understand synapses, motor chains, hormonal feedback cycles, respiration – SNS complexes, etc. as used in professional psychophysiology.
Fundamentals of Psychophysiology
This course explores the manifold ways the brain and body work together to produce behavior and the cycle between behavior and physiology. The course begins with a description of the body’s organizational structure and genetics as related to behavior. The basic physiological ways information is received from the external and internal environments through a variety of sensors and then processed by the hormonal/nervous system are described. Typical psychophysiological dysfunctions and interventions are also described.
Pain Assessment and Intervention
This course describes the underlying psychophysiology of pain and summarizes the strengths and weaknesses of evidence supporting the efficacy of self-regulatory interventions for the prevention and reduction of various pain problems. Interactions between pain, stress, and muscle tension are emphasized. Extensive examples of how to perform psychophysiological interventions for various psychophysiologically maintained and magnified pain states are provided. The pathophysiology of migraine, tension, cluster, rebound, medication-induced, and other types of headaches are reviewed. The current schema for differential diagnosis of the various types of headaches is discussed in relation to interactions between behavioral medicine providers, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, and other health care providers. The evidence supporting the efficacy of behavioral interventions for various types of headaches is reviewed. Detailed examples of patient education and training materials are provided along with typical behavioral training regimes and pathways.
EEG Biofeedback: Assessment and Intervention
This course teaches the principles of recording the brain’s electrical activities through EEG, as well as other imaging techniques, that pertain to applied to psychophysiological assessments and interventions. The basic psychophysiology of the EEG signal is reviewed in relationship to educational applications and disorders (such as epilepsy and ADHD) treated with EEG biofeedback. The strengths and weaknesses of evidence supporting the use of EEG biofeedback for a variety of clinical disorders are reviewed and the techniques for actually doing EEG biofeedback are detailed.