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Enhancing Emotional, Social, and Academic Learning with Heart Rhythm Coherence Feedback

    • Published: 2005 PR
    • Rollin McCraty, Ph.D.
    • Biofeedback 2005; 33(4):130-134. Copyright © 2005 by AAPB. Posted with permission from AAPB/Biofeedback. For more information on AAPB and Biofeedback magazine, go to:
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Heart rhythm coherence biofeedback is an exciting new technology that has broad-based applications in educational contexts for improving emotional, social, and academic competencies. Using this technology to facilitate the learning and practice of positive emotion-focused techniques, students learn to enter a state of psychophysiological coherence—a highly efficient functional mode associated with increased nervous system harmony, enhanced emotional stability, and improved cognitive performance. Classroom-based programs incorporating this intervention have facilitated improvements in emotional health, social behaviors, and academic performance in diverse student populations.