Heart Rate Variability Seminar and Workshop

June 9th – 10th, 2018

Registration Closed

The 2018 Heart Rate Variability Seminar and Workshop is taking place June 9th and 10th at the Embassy Suites in Columbus, Ohio. The presenters this year are Dr. Gary Berntson and Dr. Greg Norman, both notable researchers in the field. The seminar starts off with a rigorous curriculum based on the science surrounding heart rate variability, with the next day focusing on hands-on procedures and analysis training.

Attendees are encouraged to bring examples of their own physiology data to be used for discussion and demonstration. Questions and analysis issues will be discussed as well as strategies for dealing with problematic data.

This seminar will be valuable for entry-level through well-seasoned researchers and provides a great opportunity to meet and discuss research with fellow attendees. In past seminars, this has developed new friendships and collaborations.

Dr. Gary Berntson

Gary BerntsonGary Berntson is an Emeritus Academy Professor of Psychology at The Ohio State University. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and has edited numerous books, including the Handbook of Psychophysiology and the Handbook of Neuroscience for the Behavioral Sciences. He held several offices in the Society for Psychophysiological Research, including a member of the board of directors (2006-2012), secretary (2006-2009) and President (2011-2012). He has served on numerous federal advisory committees (NIH and NSF, as well as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense). Berntson is a Fellow in several professional associations and has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including Psychophysiology and the International Journal of Psychophysiology. He has been the recipient of Distinguished Teaching and Distinguished Scholar awards from The Ohio State University, and received the Paul D MacLean Award for Outstanding Neuroscience Research from American Psychosomatic Society (2013). 

Dr. Greg Norman

Greg Norman’s graduate research primarily focused on understanding the physiological processes underlying the relationship between social interaction and health outcomes using both animal models and human participants. Following graduate school he worked as a postdoctoral research scholar in the laboratory of John T. Cacioppo at the University of Chicago, where he continued his research in the field of social neuroscience.

Norman was the lead author on several publications in his research areas, which include “Variation in the Oxytocin Receptor Gene Influences Neurocardiac Stress Reactivity to Social Stress and HPA Function: A Population Based Study,” published in Hormones and Behavior, and “Social Neuroscience: The Social Brain, Oxytocin, and Health,” published in Social Neuroscience. He also was lead author for “Selective Influences of Oxytocin on the Evaluative Processing of Social Stimuli,” which was published in Psychopharmacology.

Norman received his PhD in psychology from The Ohio State University in 2010 and BA degrees in psychology and philosophy from The Ohio State University in 2006.

Norman joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.


Registration (8:30am daily)

Complimentary snacks, coffee, tea, and soft drinks will be available in the room throughout the day

Saturday (9:00am – 5:00pm):

  • Conceptual Foundations
  • Introduction to the Autonomic Control of the Heart
  • Heart-Brain Interactions
  • Heart Rate Variability: Relevance and Applications
  • Origins and Mechanisms of Heart Rate Variability
  • Measuring Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability
    • Practicum – Data Acquisition using BioLab
  • Time Domain Measures of Heart Rate Variability
  • Frequency Domain Approaches to Heart Rate Variability
    • Practicum – Data Analysis using HRV analysis application

Networking/Social Gathering (5:30pm – 7:30pm)

  • Join us at the hotel bar following the workshop for complimentary food, drinks, and conversation!

Sunday (9:00am – 12:00pm):

  • Signal Processing Considerations
    • Practicum – Editing techniques in HRV analysis application
  • Interpreting Heart Rate Variability
  • General questions and individual data review


A block of rooms has been reserved at the seminar location, Embassy Suites, Columbus Airport. We have negotiated a reduced rate of $163.33/night for rooms booked during registration. This price includes free breakfast and free transportation from and back to the airport.

Embassy Suites Columbus Airport
2886 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio, 43219


If you are traveling by car:  the Embassy Suites Columbus Airport is located inside the I-270 Outerbelt on the east side of Columbus.  Parking is available at no cost at the hotel. 
If you are traveling by air:  Embassy Suites provides free transportation to and from the airport (located just 5 – 10 minutes away).  When you have your luggage, call the hotel (614-536-0500) and someone will pick you up from the “Ground Transportation” area right outside of baggage claim.


Standard Pricing:
Registration: $360.00
Student Registration: $330.00

Early Bird Pricing until April 1st:
Early Bird Registration: $330.00
Early Bird Student Registration: $300.00

Registration Closed


For general information, please send us an email at [email protected] or call us at 614-626-4888.