Complexity of Heart Rate As a Value of Behavioral Complexity

  • Anastasiia Bakhchina
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Cognitive Neurodynamics book series (ICCN)


Autonomic nervous system is the main way for the brain-body coordination, of which mode can be evaluated by dynamics of heart rate variability (HRV). HRV analysis is used for evaluation of different psychological states (stress, arousal, cognitive control, etc.), which can be considered as characteristics of behavior that formed at different stages of ontogeny. We investigated whether HRV differs between the early-formed behavior and the later-formed behavior. Heart rate was recorded in 33 healthy subjects (mathematical specialists). Participants performed two tests which included sentences with mathematical terms and sentences with common current used words. They had to add one missing word in each sentence. SampEn as a measure quantifying the complexity of time series was used to analyze HRV. SampEn was significantly higher in the mathematical test performance, when participants actualized the later-formed behavior.


Autonomic nervous system Complexity of heart rate Different stages of ontogeny Behavioral complexity Sample entropy 



The search is supported by grant RFBR N16-36-60044 mol_а_dk.


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  • Anastasiia Bakhchina
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  1. 1.Department of Neural Basis of Mind Named of V.B. ShvirkovInstitute of Psychology of RASMoscowRussia

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