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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Integrated Cardiovascular and Neural System Processes as Potential Mechanisms of Behavior Change

News Date: Friday, October 8, 2021 - 10:15

Frontiers in Psychiatry in collaboration with Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Frontiers in Psychology, and Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine  invites the global Heart Rate Variability (HRV) research community to submit original basic and clinical research as well as systematic and meta-analytic reviews describing current work on HRV biofeedback and resonance paced breathing, and mechanisms of action in addictive and co-occurring affective disorders with the following priority areas:        

• Clinical trials of HRV biofeedback, resonance paced breathing, and other neurocardiac interventions as adjuvants to treatment-as-usual in disorders characterized by difficulty regulating affect and arousal including addictive disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, and PTSD
• Basic human research on integrated cardiovascular and neural system processes as mechanisms of action with implications for treatment process, outcome, and sustained recovery
• Research on the relation of HRV to key features of addictive behaviors such as craving, incentive salience, and negative affect
• Integrative neuroimaging studies of cardiovascular and neural system response with implications for the prevention or treatment
• Research on the relation of HRV, HRV biofeedback, and resonance paced breathing to emotion regulation in addictive disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, and PTSD
• Research in high risk populations (e.g., binge drinkers) that informs understanding of mechanisms of behavior change, or preventive applications of neurocardiac interventions
• Methodological and technological advancements with clear applied relevance to clinical science that could increase the accessibility and scalability (e.g., e-Health) of neurocardiac interventions
• Applications to underserved and diverse populations
• Pre-clinical animal models that inform the above topics


To participate in this special issue, click here.

Preliminary abstracts are not required but encouraged. If submitting an abstract, please do so by October 29.


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