2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Heart Rate Variability Norms for Healthy Undergraduates
Christopher L. Zerr*, Andrew Hunter, Ryan Brannon, and Penelope Komes
Dr. Fredric Shaffer, Faculty Mentor

The present study calculated heart rate variability (HRV), respiration, and accessory surface EMG norms for 29 variables in healthy undergraduates to aid clinicians and researchers. The calculation of norms for 9 nonlinear HRV measurements for this age group addresses an important deficiency in the literature. Fifty undergraduates (25 male and 25 female), 19-24 years of age, participated in this study. Subjects were stabilized for 5 minutes and then monitored for 7 minutes sitting upright, with eyes open, no feedback, and instructions to breathe normally. Frequency domain analysis utilized a Fast Fourier Transformation (FFT)-based Welchs periodogram procedure. Means and standard deviations were calculated for HRV time domain measures, frequency domain measures, and nonlinear measures, respiration measures, and accessory SEMG. Future researchers should replicate these findings with clinical populations.

Keywords: heart rate variability, respiration, electromyography, norms

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 310-2
Location: MG 2001
Time: 1:15

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