#324 – Exploring HeartMath with Rollin McCraty PhD


Rollin McCraty, Ph.D. has worked with the Institute of HeartMath since its inception in 1991. Working with the Institute’s founder Doc Childre, Dr. McCraty developed the organization’s research goals and created the Institute’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. McCraty is a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress, holds memberships with the International Neurocardiology Network, American Autonomic Society, Pavlovian Society and Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and he is an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. McCraty and his research team regularly participate in collaborative studies with other U.S. and international scientific, medical and educational institutions; they have worked in partnership with research groups at Stanford University, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the Miami Heart Research Institute, among many others.

Dr. McCraty has authored dozens research studies, many of which have been published in peer reviewed journals including the American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Stress Medicine, Biological Psychology and Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science. In 2010, Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine, a respected peer review journal, dedicated an entire issue to the topic of coherence. Dr. McCraty wrote the lead paper for this issue. Many of the other research studies represented in this issue examined the implications of HeartMath techniques and technology in a variety of settings and applications.

You can obtain a free eBook on HeartMath at http://www.heartmath.org/free-ebook-emotional-stress

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  1. Sarah Chana Radcliff
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    I really enjoyed this outstanding podcast with Rolin McCraty! I first looked into HeartMath 20 years ago but soon moved my attention to other interventions like EFT, EMDR, and so on. I decided to return to HeartMath last spring and I took their excellent certification course for Health Professionals this past summer. Since then, I’ve been using the emWave2 desktop technology and HeartMath Tools in my busy counseling practice daily – with tremendous success. I feel McCraty underplayed the value of HeartMath in psychotherapy. In fact, his use of the term “self-regulation” throughout the interview does, in my opinion, an injustice to the potential of HeartMath Interventions which I feel take us way beyond self-regulation to a sustained state of joy, energy, improved health, improved focus, improved performance and so much more. Of course, they do this by training us to choose life-enhancing emotions over draining emotions and in this way they are certainly “self-regulating.” Nonetheless, I feel the term “life enhancing” would describe the potential of HeartMath more accurately than “self-regulating.” I particularly appreciate the scientific, research-oriented foundation of HeartMath – it is fantastic to be able to refer clients to a wealth of research and solid science as well as enormous practical support through the HeartMath websites and products. This is a breath of fresh air for me as I use so many interventions that, while highly effective, often lack the facts and figures that can reassure clients and colleagues alike.

  2. Posted December 16, 2012 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Incredible quest there. What occurred after? Take care!

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