Changing heartrate is part of our automatic and unconscious 'fight or flight' response."'Follow your heart' has become something of a cliche, but we know that, consciously or unconsciously, there is a relationship between our heartrate and our decisions and emotions," said Tristan Bekinschtein, lecturer at University of Cambridge."There may well be benefits to becoming more attuned to our heartbeat, but there is very little in scientific literature about whether this is even technically possible," Bekinschtein noted.

 Crucially, they found an increase in 'gamma phase synchrony' - coordinated 'chatter' between different regions in the brain - in only those learners whose subjective judgement of their own performance matched their actual, objective performance. The study appeared in the journal Cerebral Cortex.

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