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@article{(International Science Index):http://waset.org/publications/7566,
  title    = {Effect of Physical Contact (Hand-Holding) on Heart Rate Variability},
  author    = {T. Pishbin and  S.M.P. Firoozabadi and  N. Jafarnia Dabanloo and  F. Mohammadi and  S. Koozehgari},
  country   = {},
  institution={},
  abstract  = {Heart-s electric field can be measured anywhere on
the surface of the body (ECG). When individuals touch, one person-s
ECG signal can be registered in other person-s EEG and elsewhere
on his body. Now, the aim of this study was to test the hypothesis
that physical contact (hand-holding) of two persons changes their
heart rate variability. Subjects were sixteen healthy female (age: 20-
26) which divided into eight sets. In each sets, we had two friends
that they passed intimacy test of J.sternberg. ECG of two subjects
(each set) acquired for 5 minutes before hand-holding (as control
group) and 5 minutes during they held their hands (as experimental
group). Then heart rate variability signals were extracted from
subjects' ECG and analyzed in linear feature space (time and
frequency domain) and nonlinear feature space. Considering the
results, we conclude that physical contact (hand-holding of two
friends) increases parasympathetic activity, as indicate by increase
SD1, SD1/SD2, HF and MF power (p},
    journal   = {International Journal of Medical, Health, Biomedical, Bioengineering and Pharmaceutical Engineering},  volume    = {4},
  number    = {10},
  year      = {2010},
  pages     = {521 - 525},
  ee        = {http://waset.org/publications/7566},
  url       = {http://waset.org/Publications?p=46},
  bibsource = {http://waset.org/Publications},
  issn      = {eISSN:1307-6892},
  publisher = {World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology},
  index     = {International Science Index 46, 2010},
}