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Quantitative assessment of Heart Rate Dynamics during meditation: An ECG based study with Multi-fractality and visibility graph

Frontiers in Physiology. 2016;7 DOI 10.3389/fphys.2016.00044


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Journal Title: Frontiers in Physiology

ISSN: 1664-042X (Online)

Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.

LCC Subject Category: Science: Physiology

Country of publisher: Switzerland

Language of fulltext: English

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Anirban eBhaduri (Deepa Ghosh Research Foundation)

Dipak eGhosh (Deepa Ghosh Research Foundation)

Dipak eGhosh (C. V. Raman Centre for Physics and Music)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 14 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Abstract: Abstract: The cardiac dynamics during meditation is explored quantitatively with two chaos-based non-linear techniques viz. multi-fractal detrended fluctuation analysis and visibility network analysis techniques. The data used are the instantaneous heart rate (in beats/minute) of subjects performing Kundalini Yoga and Chi meditation from PhysioNet. The results show consistent differences between the quantitative parameters obtained by both the analysis techniques. This indicates an interesting phenomenon of change in the complexity of the cardiac dynamics during meditation supported with quantitative parameters.The results also produce a preliminary evidence that these techniques can be used as a measure of physiological impact on subjects performing meditation.