By Jackson Beatty
Biofeedback and behaviour: A NATO Symposium, hung on 27-30 July 1976 on the Max Planck Institut fUr Psychiatrie in MUnchen, used to be a mul tidisciplinary assembly that explored either theoretical and utilized concerns coming up from using biofeedback approaches for the keep an eye on of visceral, relevant fearful process and skeletal occasions. The symposium was once multi nationwide in its composition. monetary help for the symposium was once at the start supplied by way of the clinical Affairs department of the North Atlantic Treaty association as a part of their carrying on with sequence of medical symposia. cash made avail capable by means of a furnish from the U.S. workplace of Naval learn allow ted prevalent overseas participation within the symposium. The facil ities for the assembly have been graciously supplied through the Max Planck Institut ilir Psychiatrie. We thank every one of those corporations for his or her help in making this symposium attainable. a unique thank you is because of Dr. B.A. Bayraktar of the medical Affairs department of NA TO and Dr. Donald wooden ward of the U. S. workplace of Naval examine, whose information contributed considerably to the association of this assembly. The making plans of this symposium was once performed in session with participants of the organizing committee: Rolf Engel, Pola Engel-Sittenfeld, Laverne C. Johnson, George H. Lawrence, Gary E. Schwartz, and Da vid Shapiro. the ultimate kind of this symposium displays their contribu tions, for which we're thankful.
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A system is said to be observable if every state of the system can be determined exactly from measurements of the output over a finite interval of time. If there are states which are decoupled from the output, they are obviously unobservable. And if there are states which are decoupled from the input, they are obviously uncontrollable. Gilbert (1963) BIOFEEDBACK: CYBERNETICS AND SYSTEMS SCIENCE 43 has used these concepts to divide systems into classes of subsystems having different properties of controllability and observability.
MODE L- BUILDING AND CORRESPONDENCE One more point needs to be considered before we turn our attention to a cybernetic view of brain functions. That is, the aim of model-building is to achieve a useful correspondence between the process and the model. Systems analysis ordinarily proceeds by a series of progressive approxi- J. ANLIKER 36 mations between the abstract systems model and the available set of measurements or observations. If the initial modelling effort succeeds in making qualitative predictions, the next step is to generate a mathematical model which makes quantitative predictions.
Forecasts are subject to error), an error-compensating system assists in "taking up the slack" between the predicted and the observed output quantities. It should not be too surprising, therefore, to find this highly useful error-compensating mechanism incorporated into many systems, both natural and man-made. The external influences acting upon a negative feedback control system may be classified as "control variables" or disturbance variables" depending upon whether their effects are "accepted" or "resisted" by the system.
Biofeedback and Behavior by Jackson Beatty