- questionnaire studies of dreaming and personality
meditation and absorption
Tasters, Nontasters, & Supertasters
- genetics of human taste receptors and food selection
- stress and biofeedback
- conscious experience as a mechanism for the
detection and control of EEG rhythms
- lucid dreams and REM alpha activity
- semantic, satiation, recall, and recognition memory
- coping with occupational stress in nurses
- cross-cultural relaxation methods
My research area is in the psychophysiology of brain waves (EEG) and
the effects of biofeedback on cortical and cognitive factors. Current
research is focused on the central nervous system correlates of stress
and EEG biofeedback in the management of stress and related disorders.
More generally, I have published and supervised
theses in perception, attention, and memory.
Biofeedback is being used as a tool to
manipulate specific computer controlled
patterns of EEG activity and map the regional
effects on the power spectrum. While my
primary interest is in the neurophysiology
of stress, the types of stress investigated
have relevance to applied applications
such as occupational noise and infant crying
evoking aggressive responding in parents.
In addition, I am studying how nurses cope
with occupational stress in Buddhist Thailand
Tyson, P.D. (1997). Physiological arousal,
reactive agression, and the induction of
an incompatible relaxation response. Aggression
and Violent Behavior. (In Press).
Pongruengphant, R., & Tyson, P.D. (1997).
Coping strategies, stress, and job satisfaction
in Thailand's hospital nurses. Siam
Press. (In Press).
Tyson, P.D. (1996). Biodesensitization:
Biofeedback controlled systematic desensitization
of the stress response to infant crying. Biofeedback
and Self-Regulation, 21, 273-290.
Tyson, P.D., & Pongruengphant, R. (1996).
Avoidance as a coping strategy for nurses
in Thailand. Psychological Reports,
Pongruengphant, R., & Tyson, P.D. (1995).
The factor structure of the Nurse Stress
Index, Coping Strategy Indicator, and Minnesota
Satisfaction Questionnaire among nurses
in Thailand. Journal of Burapha University,