Western Association for Biofeedback and Neuroscience — Spring 2017 35 Education and Student Section 42nd Annual Conference Reviews Presentation: Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRVB) Presenter: Richard Gevirtz, PhD Student reviewer: Sarah Lombardi Sensing Dr. Richard Gevirtz’s enthusiasm for his heart rate variability biofeedback re- search, all workshop attendees were engaged. Workshop attendees laughed and nod- ded along, because the zeal for HRVB was infectious. Many audience members cracked a smile when Dr. Gevirtz said, “It’s a new 2500-year-old idea!” He went on to explain that yogis and swamis had been privy to the idea that 5-7 breaths per minute promoted calmness and lessened the effects of stress. Recent research shows that this breathing results in a remarkable physiology. By breathing slowly and maximizing the “valleys and peaks” of their heart rates, individ- uals can improve symptoms of asthma, fibromyalgia, abdominal pain, anxiety, depres- sion, and many additional clinical disorders. Because of the infectious enthusiasm in the conference room, workshop attendees audibly gasped in response to Dr. Gevirtz’s findings. While heart rate variability bio- feedback may be a 2500-year-old idea, it is a concept that garners attention and awe from researchers and clinicians eager to implement it in future endeavors Presentation: Historical Links Between Biofeedback & Psychoneuroimmunology Presenter: Richard Harvey, PhD Student reviewer: Leighton Grampp Dr. Richard Harvey’s talk was both enlightening and intimate. Dr. Harvey has a delightfully interactive presentation style, where he engages the audience and asks for their input on where his talk should go. The world of psychoneuroimmunology is exceptionally vast, so in the hour afforded Dr. Harvey, he focused on aiding in a better understanding of the intersection between biofeedback and psychoneuroimmunology.