Exploration of cross-frequency dynamics of neural and bodily rhythms in the context of stress regulation
Cross frequency coupling between brain oscillations has been extensively studied and is thought to underlie cross-talk between distinct neural processes. Recent accounts suggest that not only the rhythms of the brain interact through cross-frequency coupling, but that also the frequencies of body oscillations (e.g. heart and respiratory rhythms) are impacted by and aligned with oscillations at the level of the brain (Binary hierarchy brain body oscillation theory). The current project will further explore the functional relevance of cross-frequency dynamics of neural and bodily rhythms from a basic science perspective and in the context of stress regulation and meditation. A deeper understanding of brain-body cross-frequency dynamics will allow the identification of novel neurophysiological indices for the development of novel bio-feedback protocols targeting self-regulation of brain-body cross-frequency dynamics.
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