The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 25, 2011 - Psychology - 368 pages

A collection of groundbreaking research by a leading figure in neuroscience.

This book compiles, for the first time, Stephen W. Porges’s decades of research. A leading expert in developmental psychophysiology and developmental behavioral neuroscience, Porges is the mind behind the groundbreaking Polyvagal Theory, which has startling implications for the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, and autism. Adopted by clinicians around the world, the Polyvagal Theory has provided exciting new insights into the way our autonomic nervous system unconsciously mediates social engagement, trust, and intimacy.
 

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Contents

Why Is There a Polyvagal Theory?
1
THEORETICAL PRINCIPLES
9
of Our Evolutionary Heritage A Polyvagal Theory
20
of the Autonomic Nervous System
52
BIOBEHAVIORAL REGULATION DURING
61
Awareness and Regulation
75
Assessment and Potential Intervention
83
A Psychobiological Model of Social Behavior
102
An Evolutionary ByProduct of the Neural Regulation
151
An Emergent Property of the Mammalian Autonomic
167
Autonomic Regulation Vocalizations and Listening
202
THERAPEUTIC AND CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES
215
SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND HEALTH
255
Mechanisms Mediators
281
Epilogue
297
References
303

Provides a Neural Platform for Social Behavior
118
SOCIAL COMMUNICATION AND RELATIONSHIPS
131

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About the author (2011)

Stephen W. Porges, PhD, is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he directs the Trauma Research Center within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of both the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anaesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. The theory is leading to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders. In 2018, Dr. Porges received the Pioneer Award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy.

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