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Polyvagal Theory II: Clinical implications (hyperacusis, new assessments, potential treatments for PTSD and autism)

Prof. Stephen Porges

The Polyvagal Theory – Part II:

Clinical implications into the role neural regulation of the heart plays in mediating vulnerability, resilience, and recovery

The Polyvagal Theory is a study of the evolution of the human nervous system and the origins of brain structures, and it assumes that more of our social behavious and emotional disorders and biological - that is, they are 'hard wired' into us - than we usually think. Based on this theory, Dr. Porges and his colleagues have developed treatment techniques that can help people communicate better and relate beter to others.

Conflit of interest: none disclosed
Recorded at an invitation by the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
August 2008, New South Wales, Australia.
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Prof. Stephen Porges

Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Brain-Body Center in the Department of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine, University of Illinois in Chicago. He is former President of the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Social Sciences and the Society for Psychophysiological Research. Dr. Porges is a neuroscientist with particular interests in understanding the neurobiology of social behaviour.

His research focuses on how the autonomic nervous system relates to adaptive behaviour, state regulation, and social engagement strategies. His research crosses disciplines and he has published in such diverse disciplines as anesthesiology, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, space medicine, and substance abuse.

In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the vertebrate autonomic nervous system to the emergence of social behaviour. The theory provides insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioural, psychiatric, and physical disorders. His research is leading to new protocols to assess clinical disorders and innovative interventions designed to stabilize behavioural and psychological states and to stimulate spontaneous social behaviour.

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