In the early 1950’s, Dr. Neil Miller made a startling discovery. He found that laboratory animals could learn to decrease their blood pressure and heart rate. Basing his experiments on B.F. Skinner’s principles of “operant conditioning”, the animals received food or “positive reinforcement” whenever their heart rate of blood pressure went down. Soon, the animals learned how to control their vital signs.
Previously, scientists did not believe that mammals could control their autonomic nervous system, which regulates blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, skin temperature and... Read More