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Bergmann’s rule is a “just-so” story of human body size

Vol. 41, Article number: 15 (2022)
Barry Bogin, Michael Hermanussen & Christiane Scheffler  

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Authors claim that Bergmann’s rule about animal size and shape should be relegated to teaching and scholarship about the history of science. That “rule” is no longer acceptable science and has nothing to tell us about physiological anthropology.

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Assessment of autonomic function by long-term heart rate variability: beyond the classical framework of LF and HF measurements

Vol. 40 Article number: 21 (2021)

Junichiro Hayano & Emi Yuda

Heart rate image © Jan Alexander on Pixabay
In the assessment of autonomic function by HRV), the framework that the power of high-frequency component or its surrogate indices reflects parasympathetic activity, while the power of low-frequency component or LF/HF reflects sympathetic activity has been used as the theoretical basis for the interpretation of HRV. In this review, authors discussed the limitations of this classical framework and present studies that extracted autonomic function indicators and other useful biomedical information from long-term HRV using novel approaches beyond the classical framework. Those methods include non-Gaussianity index, HRV sleep index, heart rate turbulence, and the frequency and amplitude of cyclic variation of heart rate.

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Best Reviewer Award

Journal of Physiological Anthropology Best Reviewer Award 2021 is awarded to:

・ Hiromitsu Kobayashi (Ishikawa Prefectural Nursing University, Japan)
・ Kazuhiko Arima (Nagasaki University, Japan)

For more information, please visit the award page.

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Journal of Physiological Anthropology (JPA) is the official journal of the Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology. JPA is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes research on the physiological functions of modern mankind, with an emphasis on the physical and bio-cultural effects on human adaptability to the current environment.
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Journal of Physiological Anthropology publishes special issues and collection of papers on the select topics of recent interest within the scope of the journal. See the list of article collections and special issues here. 

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