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Ep. 25- JABA in One Take- Another application of EMG within behavior analysis

Dec 13, 2021

JABA in One Take- Show Notes

Well, I thought that EMG was a novel application, as I said last Friday, but it seems that it was less novel than I thought. This paper utilizes EMG technology to help shape and reinforce leg flexing behavior in a proof-of-concept study. It was observed by the authors that there is a weakness within the physical rehabilitation world. That weakness is the prevailing use of behavioral contingencies that are not as efficient as they could be. By using basic behavior analytic principles, these authors were able to demonstrate how the adoption of ABA outside of our small clinical setting can lead to better and more efficient outcomes for patients. 

Citation + DOI

Vaidya, M. & Armshaw, B. (2021). Surface electromyography and gamification: Translational research to advance physical rehabilitation. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 54(4), 1608-1624.

Additional Readings:

Ng, G. Y, Zhang, A. Q., & Li, C. K. (2008). Biofeedback exercise improved the EMG activity ration of the medial and lateral casti muscles in subjects with patellofemoral pain syndrome. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 18(1), 128-133. https://doi. org/10.1016/j.jelekin.2006.08.010

Draper, V. (1990). Electromyographic biofeedback and recovery of quadriceps femoris muscle function following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Journal of American Physical Therapy Association, 1 (70), 11-17.

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