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  • Copyright: 2011-04-17
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This book compiles, for the first time, Stephen W. Porges#xE2;#x80;#x99;s decades of research. The world#xE2;#x80;#x99;s leading expert on the autonomic nervous system, Porges is the mind behind the groundbreaking Polyvagal Theory, which has startling implications for the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, and autism.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introduction: Why Is There a Polyvagal Theory?p. 1
Theoretical Principles
Neuroception: A Subconscious System for Detecting Threat and Safetyp. 11
Orienting in a Defensive World: Mammalian Modifications of Our Evolutionary Heritage. A Polyvagal Theoryp. 20
The Polyvagal Theory: New Insights into Adaptive Reactions of the Autonomic Nervous Systemp. 52
Biobehavioral Regulation During Early Development
Vagal Tone: A Physiological Marker of Stress Vulnerabilityp. 63
The Infant's Sixth Sense: Awareness and Regulation of Bodily Processesp. 75
Physiological Regulation in High-Risk Infants: A Model for Assessment and Potential Interventionp. 83
Infant Regulation of the Vagal ˘Brake÷ Predicts ChildBehavior Problems: A Psychobiological Model of Social Behaviorp. 102
The Early Development of the Autonomic Nervous System Provides a Neural Platform for Social Behaviorp. 118
Social Communication and Relationships
Vagal Tone and the Physiological Regulation of Emotionp. 133
Emotion: An Evolutionary By-Product of the Neural Regulation of the Autonomic Nervous Systemp. 151
Love: An Emergent Property of the Mammalian Autonomic Nervous Systemp. 167
Social Engagement and Attachment: A Phylogenetic Perspectivep. 186
The Polyvagal Hypothesis: Common Mechanisms Mediating Autonomic Regulation, Vocalizations, and Listeningp. 202
Therapeutic and Clinical Perspectives
The Vagus: A Mediator of Behavioral and Physiological Features Associated With Autismp. 217
Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Regulationp. 226
Abuse History Is Related to Autonomic Regulationp. 238
Music Therapy, Trauma, and the Polyvagal Theoryp. 246
Social Behavior and Health
Reciprocal Influences Between Body and Brain in the Perception and Expression of Affectp. 257
Neurobiology and Evolution: Mechanisms, Mediators, and Adaptive Consequences of Caregivingp. 281
Epiloguep. 297
Creditsp. 299
Referencesp. 303
Indexp. 331
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