Scientific Evidence Of Women’s Heart-Based Intuition

New brain research proves that women’s hearts are generally more emotionally attuned than men’s…

No great surprise there, but the implications run deep.

First, The Science

Scientific research demonstrates that intuition is not only real, but works system-wide including in and around the heart-brain (not just in the head-brain). That is; intuition depends on the neural network around the heart.

When the heart-brain is closer to coherence (in harmony with the head-brain), intuition works better.

And overall, women’s hearts respond with intuitive insight more often, faster and more accurately than men.

“…females are more attuned to information from the heart … especially when the coherent mode is activated … we also found that females were more responsive [intuitive] to prestimulus information than males.” –

Electrophysiological Evidence of Intuition: Part 2. A System-Wide Process?, Journal of Alternative And Complementary Medicine Volume 10, Number 2, 2004, pp. 325-336

https://www.heartmath.org/assets/uploads/2015/01/intuition-part2.pdf

Basic Implications:

  • Women who experience comforting loving security develop stronger intuition.
  • Since men have lower intuitive capacity than women, men will tend to be distrustful of women’s intuition (at least in early stage or conflicted relationships).
  • Build harmony and trust by not pushing your intuitive insights onto a man, giving him space to learn to trust your inner wisdom…
  • … and don’t expect your intuition to be giving you valid messages if you are stressed and not in emotional balance
  • Work synergistically in relationship to develop the conditions that support your intuition and your man’s ability to trust your intuition.

Citations from the research paper:

https://www.heartmath.org/assets/uploads/2015/01/intuition-part2.pdf

for HRV the males showed a prestimulus response only in the baseline physiologic mode, whereas the females had a significant response in both the baseline and coherent modes.

Especially noteworthy is the apparent interaction between the HBEPs and ERPs in the females, which suggests that the heart modulates the ERP and that females are more attuned to intuitive information from the heart.

Overall, our data suggest that the heart and brain, together, are involved in receiving, processing, and decoding intuitive information.

On the basis of these results and those of other research, it would thus appear that intuitive perception is a system-wide process in which both the heart and brain (and possibly other bodily systems) play a critical role.

Consistent with cultural views of gender differences in intuitive aptitude, we also found that females were more responsive to prestimulus information than males.

Increased negativity in the emotional trial ERPs was clearly observed in the females, who also had a significant heart rate deceleration and significantly different heartbeat- evoked potentials. In condition 1 (baseline psychophysio- logic mode), the females’ ERPs for the emotional trials had greater negativity, which was maintained throughout the prestimulus period.

The most interesting gender difference emerged from the ERP and HBEP data. In general, the females appear to process the prestimulus information more frontally (FP1 and FP2), while the males process it more in the posterior regions of the brain (T5, P3, O1, and O2).

In the coherent condition, the females’ emotional trial ERPs did not have the increased negativity and were therefore not significantly different, but their HBEPs were significantly different. In this condition, the HBEPs start at a more negative level and shift sharply positive, apparently reducing the overall negativity of the ERPs (see Figs. 3 and 4). Thus, it would appear that afferent input from the heart plays an important role in modulating activity in the frontal cortex.

In short, taken as a whole, these findings suggest that females are more attuned to information from the heart, especially when the coherent mode is activated.

some aspect of our perceptual apparatus is continuously scanning the future

both the heart and brain appear to receive and respond to information about a future emotional stimulus prior to actually experiencing the stimulus. The fact that the heart is involved in the perception of a future external event is a surprising, even astounding result, especially from the classical perspective that assigns the brain an exclusive role.

Yet, along with other great thinkers, Einstein understood this long ago that

“[O]nly intuition, resting on sympathetic understanding, can lead to [these laws]; . . . the daily effort comes from no deliberate intention or program, but straight from the heart” (quoted in Keller, 1983).

Other references to this study:

  • “Women appeared to have a greater sensitivity to future emotional stimuli” – http://www.rense.com/general51/hert.htm
  • “The heart has been regarded as a conduit for wisdom beyond our normal awareness by virtually all human cultures, ancient and modern.” – The Grand Illusion: A Synthesis of Science and Spirituality http://amzn.to/1ZcqTOv