Decreased Systolic Blood Pressure through Operant Conditioning Techniques in Patients with Essential Hypertension

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Science  20 Aug 1971:
Vol. 173, Issue 3998, pp. 740-742
DOI: 10.1126/science.173.3998.740


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.