Research has established that the heart and brain interact in a dynamic and complex relationship, with the heart capable of directly influencing the processes underlying emotional experiences and cognitive performance (which includes mental processes, e.g., learning, memory, thinking, and capacity of judgment). When practicing heart-centered, sustained positive emotions, more ordered information is flowing from the heart to the brain, creating increased mental clarity, improved cognitive functions, reduced stress, and other benefits. HeartMath focuses on the role of the heart in physical, emotional, and mental processes, as well as stress reduction and many other applications involving interactions between the heart and the brain.

Historical Context

William James, a psychologist and philosopher, started the debate about the physiological nature of emotions in 1884 by stating that emotions arise from ...

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