Iowa State University, Ames (ISU), is the first of the three Iowa public universities to offer a Biofeedback Center where students can learn how to manage stress. Opened for the fall 2009 school year, the center is available free to all ISU students. The center features computer programs and other biofeedback equipment with finger sensors, a mouse pad and earphones. Students learn relaxation techniques such as mindful meditation, deep breathing, visualization and guided recitations. Programs also use video games to teach meditation and emotional control.
Todd Pietruszka, Student Counseling Service staff psychologist, created and directs the program. “The training module teaches how to become aware of your body, how to use breathing, how to become mindful of your thoughts. As you practice and use the tools and get feedback, you can see what works for you.”