Efficacy of the Early HeartSmarts Program in Promoting Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Development
An e-booklet (Research Study) by Raymond Trevor Bradley, PhD., Mike Atkinson, Dana Tomasino, Robert A. Rees, PhD.
Giving Young Children a Great Start
“Of the key socio-emotional competencies in early childhood that lay the foundation for future development and the potentials for adult psychosocial growth, well-being and accomplishment, emotional self-regulation is core,” this important educational e-book explains. Facilitating Emotional Self-Regulation in Preschool Children is the culmination of a highly successful HeartMath Early HeartSmarts® (EHS) study and pilot program provided in 19 preschools within the Salt Lake City School District. Children as young as age 3 learned, practiced and retained socio-emotional skills taught in the program.
This e-booklet details the “compelling evidence” researchers found that EHS for ages 3-6 enhanced the children’s growth in four key development areas: social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language. The authors lay out the study’s step-by-step methodology and researchers’ findings and conclusions. It includes discussions on the scientific basis of EHS; the start of emotional self-regulation in the first 18 months of infancy; the critical link between the heart and human emotions; the benefits of psychophysiological coherence and positive emotions; and a description of how the Early HeartSmarts program is organized.
Emotional Regulation in Early Childhood
Psychophysiology of Emotional Regulation
Role of the Heart in Emotional Experience
Emotions Are Reflected in the Heart’s Rhythms
Psychophysiological Coherence – A State of Optimal Function
Intentional Generation of Psychophysiological Coherence Early HeartSmarts Program
Tables and Graphics
A Model of the Influence of Emotion on Cognition
Heart rhythm patterns reflect different emotional states
Heart activity affects brain function
Shift to Coherence
Synopsis of the Early HeartSmarts Program
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