Heart and Brain

Most of us have been taught in school that the heart is constantly responding to “orders” sent by the brain in the form of neural signals. However, it is not as commonly known that the heart actually sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart! Moreover, these heart signals have a significant effect on brain function—influencing emotional processing as well as higher cognitive faculties such as attention, perception, memory, and problem-solving. In other words, not only does the heart respond to the brain, but the brain continuously responds to the heart.

The effect of heart activity on brain function has been researched extensively over about the past 40 years. Earlier research mainly examined the effects of heart activity occurring on a very short time scale—over several consecutive heartbeats at maximum. Scientists at the HeartMath Institute have extended this body of scientific research by looking at how larger-scale patterns of heart activity affect the brain’s functioning.

Heart Math research has demonstrated that different patterns of heart activity (which accompany different emotional states) have distinct effects on cognitive and emotional function. During stress and negative emotions, when the heart rhythm pattern is erratic and disordered, the corresponding pattern of neural signals traveling from the heart to the brain inhibits higher cognitive functions. This limits our ability to think clearly, remember, learn, reason, and make effective decisions. (This helps explain why we may often act impulsively and unwisely when we’re under stress.) The heart’s input to the brain during stressful or negative emotions also has a profound effect on the brain’s emotional processes—actually serving to reinforce the emotional experience of stress.

In contrast, the more ordered and stable pattern of the heart’s input to the brain during positive emotional states has the opposite effect—it facilitates cognitive function and reinforces positive feelings and emotional stability. This means that learning to generate increased heart rhythm coherence, by sustaining positive emotions, not only benefits the entire body, but also profoundly affects how we perceive, think, feel, and perform.

    Related Conference of Heart and Brain

    September 21-22, 2018

    3rd International Conference on Neuropsychiatry and Sleep Medicine

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    September 26-27, 2018

    28th World Summit on Neurology, Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology

    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    October 18-19, 2018,

    27th International Conference on Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience

    Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel, Warsaw, Poland
    November 1-2, 2018

    4th International Conference on Spine Surgery

    Brussels, Belgium
    November 12-13, 2018

    5th Annual Conference on Stroke and Neurological Disorders

    Istanbul, Turkey
    November 12-13, 2018

    International conference on Dual Diagnosis and Disorders

    Melbourne, Australia
    November 12-13, 2018

    30th International Conference on Mental and Behavioral Health

    Melbourne, Australia
    November 12-13, 2018

    25th Cognitive Neuroscience Congress

    Dubai, UAE
    November 16-17, 2018

    4th World Congress on Epilepsy and Treatment

    Tokyo, Japan
    November 16-17, 2018

    18th Global Neuroscience Conference

    Tokyo, Japan
    November 19-20, 2018

    8th International Congress on Stroke and Neurology

    Paris | France
    November 22-23, 2018

    World Congress on Epilepsy and Brain Disorders

    Cape Town, South Africa
    November 26-27, 2018

    World Neuron Congress

    Helsinki, Finland
    December 5-7, 2018

    World Brain Congress

    Dubai, UAE
    December 13-15, 2018

    13th Annual Conference on Dementia and Alzheimers Disease

    Abu Dhabi, UAE
    February 15-16, 2019

    11th International Conference on Vascular Dementia

    Amsterdam| Netherlands
    February 28 – March 02, 2019

    28th World Congress on Neurology and Therapeutics

    Berlin, Germany
    March 14-15, 2019

    Annual Congress on Neurology & Neuroscience

    Paris, France
    March 18-19, 2019

    World Depression Congress

    Dubai, UAE
    March 20-21, 2019

    11th World Congress on Alzheimers Disease & Dementia

    Sydney, Australia
    March 25-26, 2019

    8th International Conference on Psychoneuroimmunology

    Bucharest, Romania
    March 25-26, 2019

    31st World Neuroscience Congress

    Osaka, Japan
    April 11-12, 2019

    International Conference on Neurology & Mental Disorders

    Stockholm, Sweden
    April 22-23, 2019

    26th World Congress on Neurology and Neurodisorders

    | Radisson Hotel Narita, Tokyo, Japan
    May 23-24, 2019

    28th World Congress on Neurology & Neuroscience

    Zurich, Switzerland
    June 17-18, 2019

    9th International Conference on Addictive Disorders and Alcoholism

    Novotel Brisbane, Australia
    June 21-22, 2019

    American Neuroscience and Neurosurgery Congress

    Ottawa, Canada
    July 22-23, 2019

    World Congress on Down Syndrome, Autism & Cerebral Palsy

    Melbourne, Australia
    July 22-24, 2019

    32nd European Neurology Congress

    London, UK
    August 19-20, 2019

    5th International Conference on Epilepsy & Treatment

    Vienna, Austria
    August 19-20, 2019

    5th World Congress on Parkinsons & Huntington Disease

    Vienna, Austria
    October 21-22, 2019

    World Congress on Advances in Brain Injury, Disorders and Therapeutics

    | Radisson Hotel Narita, Tokyo, Japan
    November 19-20, 2019

    32nd Clinical Neuroscience and Neurogenetics Conference

    Istanbul, Turkey

    Heart and Brain Conference Speakers

    Recommended Sessions

    Related Journals

    Are you interested in