There are many secrets to the human heart. As we advance in sophisticated technological research methods and innovative software we can start unveiling at least some of them.
Heart – the vital organ of emotions has been a research topic in prominent studies but we are just in the last decade or so using new measures to explore the heart’s intuitive intelligence.
The heart is a part of our holistic body system. To understand how the heart perceives information which is out of the scope of the immediate human awareness, the researchers McCraty, Atkinson, and Bradley used physiological measures such as skin conductance, EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) reports.
By showing 30 neutral and 15 emotionally stimulating images to the study population, they were trying to investigate whether the heart will react with changes in the above measures when faced with the option of future emotional stimuli.
How Your Heart Scans the Future
Surprisingly, the study results have confirmed that the heart receives emotional content seconds before the stimulative event occurs and reacts with an accelerated heart rate. Research results reported a gender difference, showing that female participants in the study had a mildly stronger response to the prestimulus.
The accelerated heart rate is an intuitive response to future emotional stimuli. The heart processes the intuitive affect received in the shape of prestimulus information in almost the same way it does for processing standard sensory stimuli.
The research results were important evidence of an unusual phenomenon. Although we may think we react to only what is happening at the moment, this is not the complete truth. Our bodies’ perceptive tools continually scan the future, and so does the heart in the overall system.
Defining intuition is a challenge that is not supported by a unanimous scientific definition. Many disregard it as a fantastical metaphysical idea, trying to explain it with alternative definitions, mainly including mental brain concepts.
However, even the human neurological system is not that simple. Scientists are just starting to discover curious new findings of the “gut brain”, the surprising link between what we eat and how we feel physically, but also mentally and emotionally, as well as about the unknown physiological functions of cranial nerve sections. We have plenty to learn as we thread ahead.
Exhausted by Life? Your Heart Suffers, Too
Researchers from the American Heart Association completed research on 26 people that belong to another age group than the one that typically partakes in heart research. These study participants were healthy individuals under the age of 40.
The research, unsurprisingly, revealed that, when people are overworked, they are weak, exhausted, easily irritated and demoralized. The cluster of symptoms was named “life exhaustion”.
People become tired of life, losing vitality. Lost vitality is another in the series of key factors that contribute to the growing psychosocial phenomena, including anxiety, depression, and social isolation.
What kind of conclusion about heart health can we make?
When we don’t listen to the heart’s intuitive wisdom, this vital organ gets severely neglected. A neglected heart suffers a greater risk of heart disease.
As it turns out, there are many studies that back up the proverbial wisdom to “listen to one’s heart” when making an important decision. If you are a fan of the brain logic only, you may want to consider including the heart as an additional weapon in your arsenal of life-managing skills.
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