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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Foreword by Bessel A. van der Kolk
Introduction: Why Is There a Polyvagal Theory?
PART I: THEORETICAL PRINCIPLES
1. Neuroception: A Subconscious System for Detecting Threat and Safety
2. Orienting in a Defensive World: Mammalian Modi?cations of Our Evolutionary Heritage. A Polyvagal Theory
3. The Polyvagal Theory: New Insights Into Adaptive Reactions of the Autonomic Nervous System
PART II: BIOBEHAVIORAL REGULATION DURING EARLY DEVELOPMENT
4. Vagal Tone: A Physiological Marker of Stress Vulnerability
5. The Infant’s Sixth Sense: Awareness and Regulation of Bodily Processes
6. Physiological Regulation in High-Risk Infants: A Model for Assessment and Potential Intervention
7. Infant Regulation of the Vagal “Brake” Predicts Child Behavior Problems: A Psychobiological Model of Social Behavior
8. The Early Development of the Autonomic Nervous System Provides a Neural Platform for Social Behavior
PART III: SOCIAL COMMUNICATION AND RELATIONSHIPS
9. Vagal Tone and the Physiological Regulation of Emotion
10. Emotion: An Evolutionary By-Product of the Neural Regulation of the Autonomic Nervous System
11. Love: An Emergent Property of the Mammalian Autonomic Nervous System
12. Social Engagement and Attachment: A Phylogenetic Perspective
13. The Polyvagal Hypothesis: Common Mechanisms Mediating, Autonomic Regulation, Vocalizations, and Listening
PART IV: THERAPEUTIC AND CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES
14. The Vagus: A Mediator of Behavioral and Physiological Features Associated With Autism
15. Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Regulation
16. Abuse History Is Related to Autonomic Regulation
17. Music Therapy, Trauma, and the Polyvagal Theory
PART V: SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND HEALTH
18. Reciprocal In?uences Between Body and Brain in the Perception and Expression of Affect
19. Neurobiology and Evolution: Mechanisms, Mediators, and Adaptive Consequences of Caregiving
About the Author:
Stephen W. Porges, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and the director of the Brain-Body Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He lives in Chicago.