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Heart-Brain Dynamics: The Role of Self-regulation and Coherence in Optimal Health and Performance

This presentation will cover the scientific background, clinical applications of a new approach to increasing patients capacity to self-regulate that has a wide range of healthcare applications, including blood pressure control, CHF, arrhythmias, cardiac rehabilitation, digestive system disorders, headaches, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and a wide range of psychological conditions, including anxiety, ADHD, sleeplessness and depression. It will provide an overview of how the heart and brain dynamically interact and how the heart synchronizes the neural activity in the brain systems that underlie one’s ability to self-regulate energy expenditures, sustain resilience and perform optimally.

Numerous studies have found heart-focused self-regulation techniques provided an effective means to facilitate a shift in global psycho-physiological functioning, which is marked by a distinct change in the rhythmic activity of heart. This global shift generates a state of optimal functioning, characterized by increased alignment, synchronization, harmony, and efficiency in the interactions within and among the physiological, cognitive, and emotional systems. This state is called psychophysiological coherence. The coherent state reflects increased order in higher-level systems in the brain, increased synchronization between the two branches of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), and a general shift in autonomic balance towards increased parasympathetic activity.

Learn how increased coherence can be achieved as people learn to more consistently self-regulate their emotions from a more spiritual, intuitive, and balanced inner reference; and how this state is directly associated with increased intuition, improved health and cognitive functioning. We will discuss how increasing our personal coherence not only results in improved personal health and happiness, but is also reflected in the global field environment. The presentation will also briefly discuss the Global Coherence Initiative (GCI), which is examining the interactions between humanity and the earth’s energetic fields. An important aspect of the GCI is the Global Coherence Monitoring System which is designed to measure the resonances in the magnetic fields generated by the earth and ionosphere. A substantial body of scientific research suggests that earth’s geomagnetic activity affects our physiology, psychology and behaviors. Examples of research conducted in our laboratory confirming the hypothesis that when an individual is in heart coherence, the heart radiates a more coherent electromagnetic signal into the environment, which can be detected by nearby animals or the nervous systems of other people will be shown. In addition, the presentation will discuss new data showing strong correlations between rhythms in solar, geomagnetic, and ionospheric fields and human nervous system activity.

Dr. Rollin McCraty, PhD

Dr. Rollin McCraty, has been with the Institute of HeartMath, an organization focused on understanding the heart’s role in health and mind-body healing, since its inception in 1991 and is currently director of research of the HeartMath Research Center. He worked with founder Doc Lew Childre to formulate the organization’s research goals and create its Scientific Advisory Board. setting the course for learning more about how our mental and emotional systems affect the quality of our lives.

Dr. McCraty is recognized as an authority on heart-rate variability, heart-rhythm coherence, and the effects of positive and negative emotions on human psychophysiology. His research interests include the physiology of optimal function with a focus on the mechanisms by which emotions influence cognitive processes, behavior, and health. Findings from this research have been applied to the development of tools and technology to optimize individual and organizational health, performance, and quality of life.

Dr. McCraty is a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress, holds memberships with the International Neurocardiology Network, American Autonomic Society, Pavlovian Society, and Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and is an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University. He and his research team regularly participate in collaborative studies with other U.S. and international scientific, medical, and educational institutions. McCraty is an internationally recognized authority on heart-rate variability, heart-rhythm coherence, and the effects of positive and negative emotions on human psychophysiology. He is widely published in those and other research areas.

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