45 CEs, Course Fee $750

Presented by Jerry R. DeVore and Richard A. Sherman, PhD

Course Concept and Description: This course is set at the level of a typical 3 credit post-licensure, introductory level science course. It is a difficult course which takes lots of work. Don’t take this course if you can’t handle graduate level science courses or are not motivated sufficiently to work on your own.  During this 45 CE course, students learn by watching audiovisual lectures, reading assignments from materials provided and standard texts, and interacting with their instructor via e-mail. They answer short essay questions after each lecture rather than taking exams. Previous students have found that this course takes between 45 and 95 hours of actual work to complete.

This course explores the manifold ways the brain and body work together to produce behavior and the cycle between behavior and physiology. The course begins with a description of the body’s organizational structure and genetics as related to behavior. The basic physiological ways information is received from the external and internal environments through a variety of sensors and then processed by the hormonal / nervous system are described. Typical psychophysiological dysfunctions and interventions are also described.  You should have taken undergraduate biology and psychology before taking this course.

Learning Objectives: Students will understand how the field relates to human activities, evolution and Behavioral Genetics – evolution of behavior and communication, genetics of behavior, anatomy and physiology of the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems, hormones and behavior – pheromones, sex, nerve – hormone interactions, mechanisms of Sensation/Perception – vision, hearing, touch (pain, electrical), smell, taste, balance/location, etc., motor control systems, eating and drinking disorders, biological rhythms and sleep, mechanisms of drug addiction,  learning, Language, and Memory, the Malfunctioning Brain, emotions – stress, aggression, mental illness, and psychophysiological dysfunctions and interventions. They will learn to integrate these principles into their patient interactions to improve clinical outcomes.

Home study supported by e-mail chats after each unit is completed. The lecture
portion of the course is presented through a series of audiovisual lectures
profusely illustrated by power-point slides. Reading assignments in the Pinel
book parallel the lectures. There are no lectures for a few of the topics.After
watching the lecture and reading the chapters, you will answer a brief series
of questions. The answered questions are then e-mailed to the instructor. You
and the instructor will discuss each unit via e-mail chat after your answers
are assessed.

Accessing course

Course materials will be sent to your email address through either “transfer large files” or “Dropbox” after your payment for the course is processed. This may take several days. No CDs are sent to you.

This is intended to be an interactive
A good portion of the money
you spent on

 this course
covers giving you my time and attention. Please take advantage of my

 availability to
answer your questions – especially about how this material relates

 to biofeedback.
Don’t wait for the end of the course to ask questions.

The lectures are divided into
individual recordings. Each recording is between 1/2 and 2 hours long. The
lectures consist of a series of slides with my voice in the background.

note that the “slides” are not really the type of slides used to do a
presentation in front of an audience. Rather, they are more like pages from a
book intended to be viewed on your computer monitor. Thus, they have much
greater density of material than would be found on a regular slide.

hear my voice and to see the slides best, you need to view the slides using
Power Point’s “view slide show” setting. When in Power Point, go to “view” on
the top bar of the power point display. Select “view slide show” so the slide
occupies your entire screen.

advance slides, double click the down arrow key on your key board (not
the arrow on the “2” key). You can see and hear the preceding slide by pressing
the up arrow key. The slides are NOT set to advance automatically so you can
spend as long on each as you wish.

leave the slide show, move your cursor around slowly near the lower left edge
of the screen until a small, translucent box appears on the slide. Click it for
options including “end show”.  

you are in the full screen “view slide show” and your computer’s sound is on,
you should hear my voice without doing anything more. If you can’t hear me,
something is wrong with your sound system.

REVIEW QUESTIONS: The review questions you must
answer for this course are in the review questions file!     

After you attend each
lecture, you need to go to the review questions file and answer the questions for that lecture.
E-mail your answers to me (rsherman@behavmedfoundation.org).
There is no need to wait for my response before starting the next topic. I
normally reply within three days so please contact me if you don’t hear from me
within four days of sending in a submission.

Required Text: Cost of the text is not
included in the cost of the course.


Pinel, John P.J., Biopsychology – 9th edition but the 5th through 8th editions are fine.  2005 / 7; Published by Pearson of Boston & New York.ISBN 0-205-42651-4. Needham Heights, MA:  Allyn, & Bacon ,ISBN 0-205-34984-6.


If you are not familiar with biofeedback, you may want to read the MS Word text files

entitled “rehab chapter” and “enabling chapter”.

we will cover (
Note: Each topic
corresponds to one set of review questions.):

1. Definitions and
Concepts – what is this field and how does it relate to the rest of the world?             (Lecture
1; Pinel chapter 1)

2. Credibility of
Information – research techniques, recognizing bad science

2, 2.1, 2.2; Pinel chapters 1 and 5)

3. Evolution and
Behavioral Genetics – evolution of behavior and communication, genetics of       behavior (Lecture 2.6; Pinel
chapter 2)

4. Anatomy and
Physiology of the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems – stomach brain,   plastic homunculus  (Lectures 3, 3.1, 3.2; Pinel chapters
3, 4, 8, 9, and 10)

5. Hormones and
Behavior – pheromones, sex, nerve – hormone interactions

 (Lecture 3.6; Pinel chapter 13)

6. Mechanisms of
Sensation/Perception – vision, hearing, touch (pain, electrical), smell, taste,
    balance/location, etc.   (Lectures 4, 4.1; Pinel chapters 6
& 7)

7.  Motor
control systems – (Lecture 4.4; Pinel chapter 8)

8.   Eating
and Drinking – balance and disorders   (Lecture
4.6; Pinel chapter 12)

Biological Rhythms and Sleep (Lecture 4.8; Pinel chapter 14)

10. Drug Addiction (Lecture 5; Pinel
chapter 15)

11. Learning, Language, and Memory  (Lecture 5.4; Pinel chapters 11 &

12. The Malfunctioning Brain  (Lecture 5.6; Pinel chapters 10 & 18)

13. Emotions – stress, aggression, mental
illness    (Lecture 6; Pinel
chapters 17 and 18)

14. Psychophysiological
interventions  (Lectures 9, 9.2,

When all requirements have been successfully
completed, your course completion certificate will be e-mailed to you and BCIA will
be informed that you completed the course.


Schedule: You
can start the course whenever wish to within six months of the purchase date
and work at your own pace as long as you complete the course within one year of

Duration of course validity: You
must begin the course within six months of the purchase date and complete it
within one year of the purchase date. Courses not completed by that time are void
and must be repurchased if still available. No refunds are provided for courses
not completed within one year of purchase.

CE Credit : These are continuing
education, not university accredited, courses. The Behavioral Medicine R&T
Foundation is approved by the American
Psychological Association
to sponsor continuing education for
psychologists. The Foundation maintains responsibility for this program and its

BCIA: This course is accepted by the Biofeedback
Certification International Alliance for both certification and

Payment, Refund,
and cancellation policies: 
payment for each course is required before the course materials are sent to you.
Payment is by credit card though our web site’s secure ordering section (www.biofeedbacktraining.org)
or by check in US dollars made out to the Behavioral Medicine R&T
Foundation and sent to the letterhead address. Full refund will be made until
students are given access to the course materials.

 NO RefundsAfter getting access to the course materials, there is no refund at all as the Foundation has committed their resources to you and you have access to all of the course materials.

 A course would only be cancelled due to an extreme emergency on the part of the course instructor or the Foundation. In the highly unlikely event a course is cancelled, you would receive a full refund.

 The Foundation gives scholarships consisting of 25% off the
cost of the course(s) to
(a) students and professionals (e.g. clinicians,
coaches, teachers) from emerging nations and (b) full time graduate students in
developed nations.

Questions / further information? Contact Dr. Richard Sherman  at rsherman@behavmedfoundation.org
or 1.800.530.6658.