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The Coherent Heart: Heart-Brain Interactions, Psychophysiological Coherence, and the Emergence of System-Wide Order

R. McCraty, Ph.D., M. Atkinson, D. Tomasino, B.A., and R. Trevor Bradley, Ph.D.

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Heart-Brain Interactions

The Coherent Heart provides an in-depth discussion of heart-brain interactions and the role of the heart in organizing system-wide coherence.

Topics covered include how coherence aids in pain reduction, the interactions between heart rhythms and respiration, and how heart coherence affects emotional experience and hormones such as cortisol and oxytocin. Of particular interest is the thorough discussion of how coherence improves cognitive performance, which highlights how the heart and brain interact to affect cognitive processes.

Intended primarily for researchers, medical professionals, students of psychophysiology and related fields and laypeople who desire a deeper understanding of HeartMath’s research.

Content Includes:

  • Theoretical Considerations
  • Psychophysiological Network
  • Psychophysiological Coherence
  • Modes of Everyday Psychophysiological Function
  • Hyper-States
  • A Typology of Psychophysiological Interaction Heart Coherence and Psychophysiological Function
  • Vagal Afferent Traffic
  • Pain Perception
  • Respiration
  • Emotional Processing
  • Cognitive Performance
  • System Dynamics: Centrality of the Heart in the Psychophysiological Network
  • Biophysical Interactions and Conclusion.