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

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: www.aapb.org.

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Abstract

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.