Journal Cites, Importance of and Strategies For Social Coherence
Being out of sorts, or off our game because of Illness or injury, anger or anxiety or when we become stressed out and overwhelmed can cause deterioration in our personal coherence levels. Likewise, dysfunction within a group – large or small – because of animosity, jealousy, judgment or other negative conditions can signal a weakening of social coherence and, ultimately, lead to a group’s success or failure.
"Social coherence," writes HeartMath Institute Director of Research Rollin McCraty, "relates to the harmonious alignment between couples or pairs, family units, small groups, or larger organizations in which a network of relationships exists among individuals who share common interests and objectives." McCraty, one of today’s foremost researchers of coherence and heart rate variability, was writing for the October issue of the journal, Frontiers in Public Health.
Study and Newly Developed Analysis Technique Support Group Synchronization With Magnetic Fields
The interpersonal relationships of a group of individuals in Lithuania were found to affect the degree of synchronization of their heart rhythms as well as changes in local magnetic fields during a recently published research study.
The research, which supported a HeartMath hypothesis on these effects, was conducted using a newly developed and validated analysis technique by researchers at the Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania. The study, Identification of a Group’s Physiological Synchronization with Earth’s Magnetic Field, was published in September in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Effects of Geomagnetic, Solar and Other Factors on Humans
"All biological systems on Earth are exposed to an external and internal environment of fluctuating invisible magnetic fields of a wide range of frequencies. These fields can affect virtually every cell and circuit to a greater or lesser degree." – Synchronization of Human Autonomic Nervous System Rhythms with Geomagnetic Activity in Human Subjects, a newly published study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
A research team that conducted the study cited above and published this month added further evidence to the scientific community’s understanding of how human autonomic nervous systems respond to environment influences. In this study, those influences resulted from, among other factors, changes in solar and geomagnetic activity, cosmic rays and the frequencies known as the Schumann resonances.
Study Looks at Coherence and Feeling States
Researchers at HeartMath Institute and elsewhere have undertaken numerous studies through the years that have demonstrated the ability of HeartMath® tools and technology to help people increase psychophysiological coherence. A recent one was a small study at a South African university in which people attempted to increase their positive feeling states and decrease their negative feeling states.
In a profile of the experience, one of the six participants who volunteered for the study, said: "Doing HeartMath makes me aware of my breathing and helps me to slow it down and breathe more deeply. It also helps me to focus and still my mind from fleeting thoughts and worries."
HeartMath Converges With South African Tradition
Umuntu ngumuntu ngabant is a Zulu proverb that translates to “a person is a person because of people.” More broadly it means that each of us is who we are in the context of our interconnectedness with the community around us. Continue reading
Two 2015 pilot studies conducted independently in neighboring European nations shared similar objectives and reached similar conclusions about the potential benefits of cardiac coherence training for two populations of mentally disabled patients. One of the studies used HeartMath emotion self-regulation techniques as a primary intervention. Continue reading
Inroads In Trauma Treatment: Self-Regulating Emotions
"The subjective experience of trauma is unique and varies according to the individual and the type of trauma. What does not vary is the fact that trauma often results in a devastating intrusion into a wished for life of peace, calm and well-being along with a corresponding unexpected and undesired fragmented sense of self and of life in general." – Abstract of a research article by Rollin McCraty, Ph.D. and Maria A Zayas Ph.D., published September 2014 in Frontiers in Psychology magazine
There are various schools of trauma therapy, for achieving the "wished-for life of peace, calm and well-being" referred to in the quote. A fast emerging, though not entirely new, approach is training trauma victims how to better self-regulate their thoughts and emotions. Continue reading
The Making of Emotions
Your emotions – Things happen, you engage in conversation, attempt to do something, go someplace. Feelings arise and you often feel them in your body. Sound about right? Pretty simple.
Except it turns out that emotions, and where and how they originate, are not simple at all.
For nearly all of human history, emotions have been the subject of much debate among scientists, HeartMath Institute (HMI) Research Director Dr. Rollin McCraty writes in his scientific monograph, Heart-Brain Neurodynamics: The Making of Emotions. Continue reading
It has only been five decades since scientists began to alter their long-held belief that the human body’s cells, tissues and organs, particularly the heart, strive to maintain a constant static or steady state.
Core HeartMath research and principals figured prominently in a recent doctoral research project that explored whether heart-focused internal prayer-compassion meditation could contribute to personal and communal healing.