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Evaluation of Heart Rhythm Coherence Feedback Training on Physiological and Psychological Variables

Stephen D. Edwards

South African Journal of Psychology 20IX, Vol XX(X) 1-10, 2013.

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Abstract

HeartMath refers to a psychophysiological approach dedicated to helping people establish heartbased living and global coherence through heart rate variability training, especially through heart rhythm coherence feedback. This study investigated the influence of emWave®2 heart rhythm coherence feedback learning on standardized measures of physiological coherence, sense of coherence, health, mindfulness, and spirituality perceptions, as experienced and evaluated by a small convenience sample of 10 participants. Six women and four men with a mean age of 44.8 years and an age range from 23 to 78 years completed at least five emWave2 biofeedback sessions, with a mean of 10 sessions and a range from 5 to 15 sessions. Quantitative findings indicated significant improvements on all standardized measures. Qualitative findings indicated meaningful experiences and positive evaluations of the workshop. Integrative findings are discussed in relation to previous and future research.