Heartbeats affect human wisdom, new study
Heartbeats affect human wisdom, new study

According to a new research study, the heartbeat fluctuations of a person have an impact on their wisdom. The researchers said that the heart rate variation and thinking process work together and enable wise reasoning relating to several complex issues.

A team of researchers from University of Waterloo in Canada and Australian Catholic University identified several conditions, under which they were able to judge the psychophysiology impacts. The researchers build on previous work on cognitive underpinnings of wise judgement and included consideration of how the heart's functioning impacts the thinking process.

Igor Grossmann from University of Waterloo said, "Our research shows that wise reasoning is not exclusively a function of the mind and cognitive ability. We found that people who have greater heart rate variability and who are able to think about social problems from a distanced viewpoint demonstrate a greater capacity for wise reasoning."

The research study is the first study to show that the physiology of the heart including the heart rate during low physical activity is related to less biased and wiser judgement. The researchers said that the heart rate tends to fluctuate even when a person is stable and they found that people with more varied heart rates were able to reason in a wiser.