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Scientific Research

Science has become the contemporary language of the mystical. In fact, it is science that demystifies the mystical. When we started seeing measurable changes in people’s health, as well as in their lives, it became evident that something was happening within a person’s mind and body—and we felt it was important to measure those changes.

“Repeatedly, we have made scientific history by observing and measuring common people who are able to do the uncommon.”

In the last ten years, we have made great strides to demonstrate to people that true lasting change is possible. The evidence we have compiled from thousands of brain scans and HRV testing, as well as testing gene expression, immune regulation, cellular metabolism, and longevity measurements, is proof that common people can do the uncommon. And now, this evidence has become the loudest voice. Through our work, we have created a formula that shows how we can induce, predict, and replicate certain states, and that once learned, these states can be applied to greater and greater depths of human potential.

Case Studies

Case Studies


Dr Joe, along with Thomas Feiner and Normen Schack, two members of the neuroscience branch of our research team, explain how changes in one of our student’s brainwave state led to a profound mystical experience during a meditation.

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Case Studies

Case Studies


Rollin McCraty, PhD and Carla Stanton, MD show a student’s heart rate variability (HRV) scan to demonstrate how sustained heart coherence conditioned a student’s body into the perfect state to heal. This amazing case history will demystify the healing process.

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Case Studies

Case Studies


Danijela Debelic, MD and Rollin McCraty, PhD discuss the relationship between heart and brain coherence by showing the strong resonance between a participant’s quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG) and electrocardiogram (EEG) readings.

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Case Studies

Case Studies


Rollin McCraty, PhD and Carla Stanton, MD present a powerful case study about a student at one of our retreats maintaining heart coherence for more than 45 minutes during a meditation.

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Research News & Updates

Indian Wells Research Study
Indian Wells Research Study

In February 2020, at our Week Long Advanced Retreat in Indian Wells, California, Dr Joe and the research team partnered with University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to measure a host of biological markers.

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Bond University Analyzes Five Years of Dr Joe's Brain Research
Bond University Analyzes Five Years of Dr Joe's Brain Research
Dr Joe partnered with Bond University Department of Psychology located on the Gold Coast in Australia and University of Auckland Department of Neuroscience and Psychology to analyze the first five years of the brain scan research conducted at our events. As a result of the collaboration, our rese...
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Tacoma Workshop Research Study
Tacoma Workshop Research Study
In February 2016, Dr Joe and his team performed a research study at an Advanced Workshop in Tacoma, Washington, where pre- and post-psychological evaluations were completed by 513 participants. In addition, saliva samples of cortisol and IgA levels in a subset of participants were measured to com...
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Scientific Panel Discussion in Indian Wells, CA

Scientific Panel Discussion in Indian Wells, CA

Watch a short clip from our Research Team’s panel discussion at the February 2020 Week Long Advanced Retreat in Indian Wells, California.

Published Scientific Articles

The Large Effects of Brief Meditation Intervention on EEG spectra in Meditation Novices

This study investigated the impact of a brief meditation workshop on a sample of 223 novice meditators. Participants attended a three-day workshop comprising daily guided seated meditation sessions using music without vocals that focused on various emotional states and intentions (open focus). Based on the theory of integrative consciousness, it was hypothesized that altered states of consciousness would be experienced by participants during the meditation intervention as assessed using electroencephalogram (EEG). Brainwave power bands patterns were measured throughout the meditation training workshop, producing a total of 5616 EEG scans. Changes in conscious states were analysed using pre-meditation and post-meditation session measures of delta through to gamma oscillations. Results suggested the meditation intervention had large varying effects on EEG spectra...
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One-Minute Deep Breathing Assessment and its Relationship to 24-Hour HRV Measurements

This study examined the correlations between a 10-minute resting state period, a 1-minute paced deep breathing protocol, response to handgrip and 24-hour HRV measures in 28 healthy individuals. Based on the results of the initial study, the primary study examined the correlations between the 1-minute paced deep breathing assessment and 24-hour measures in a general population of 805 individuals. Overall, the findings from the studies suggested that the 1-minute paced deep breathing assessment had high correlations with the 24-hour measures of vagally mediated HRV, and with VLF power.

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Scientific Research Team

Hemal H. Patel, PhD

Professor & Vice-Chair for Research
Department of Anesthesiology
University of California, San Diego

Rollin McCraty, PhD

Director of Research at the HeartMath Institute

Carla Stanton, MD

Family and Functional Medicine Doctor
HeartMath Clinical Reporter and Coach

Tobias Moeller-Bertram, MD

Director/Owner, VitaMed Research, LLC
Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of California, Riverside

Danijela Debelić, MD

Cardiac Anesthesiologist
Co-founder, Brain Research Unit

Peta Stapleton, PhD

Clinical & Health Psychologist
Associate Professor of Psychology, Bond University Australia

Want to Know More?

If you are affiliated with a university, or a scientific or academic organization, and are interested in researching, analyzing, and/or measuring the quantitative effects of consciousness, meditation, and/or the mind-body connection, please click the link below to submit a BioSketch for consideration. If you would like to make a donation to advance our research or contribute to a specific research project, please click below.

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