What is it about?

The interaction between our brain and our heart is crucial for successful adaptation to the demands of our environment. Which brain regions exactly are important for the regulation of our heart is not yet fully understood. In our meta-analysis, we were able to show that non-invasive brain stimulation methods are suitable for identifying these brain regions and thereby modulating cardiovascular activity.

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Why is it important?

Since cardiovascular activity is impaired not only in physical but often also in mental disorders, the identification of brain regions involved in the regulation of the cardiovascular system could open up new therapeutic possibilities. The therapeutic use of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques also represents a thoroughly promising approach in this context.


We expect that non-invasive brain stimulation methods will play a significant role in the future in studying functions of individual brain regions. As with many neuroscientific methods, there are of course still limitations that need to be overcome. However, we are very optimistic that this will happen through further research and that non-invasive brain stimulation will play a major role in research and therapy of physical as well as mental diseases.

Maximilian Schmaußer
German Sport University Cologne, Institute of Psychology

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This page is a summary of: The effects of noninvasive brain stimulation on heart rate and heart rate variability: A systematic review and meta‐analysis, Journal of Neuroscience Research, May 2022, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/jnr.25062.
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