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  • Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation
  • Written by: Stephen W. Porges
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Written by: Stephen W. Porges
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Stephen W. Porges (P)2020 Tantor

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Hard if your not educated in neuroanatomy

I tried my best to understand it. I will go through a reread. But I didn't understand everything, and I do study psychology a bit. This is heavily neuroscience based, heavily.

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Not for the layman

Not for the layman - was a tough slog through because of technical terms - info was fascinating when you could wade through the technical

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  • 2021-06-24

If only the narration were better...

I can't finish this book. I love Stephen Porges' work and highly respect the changes he's making in the field. He's actually really fun to listen to, but he did not narrate this and the narration has turned me off from being able to finish this.

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  • Jennifer Thomas
  • 2021-07-18

super dense

incomprehensible unless you were already a scientist. normal smart ppl wont follow. i studied psych... had to shut off.

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  • Abu Nasim
  • 2023-01-29

Informative

Great overall understanding of polyvagal theory, and it’s applications. Can get repetitive at times, such as explaining differences between mammalian and reptilian nervous systems.

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  • John R
  • 2022-12-29

Awesome, detailed, research backed information. Deep dive into changes that have occurred between species through evolution.

I purchased hardcover to review in addition, to highlight details, certain details about the nervous system and branches of the vagus nerve. Way too much for me to remember from listening once. Hardcover book will allow me to highlight the applicable parts i want to understand. To differentiate connections between brain, nodes, branches and to grasp a useful understanding of the quite detailed information contained in this book.

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  • Douglas
  • 2022-09-18

Pseudoscientific blathering

i did some digging into this theory in databases of scholarly and peer-reviewed scientific journals, and the only person doing any research about this is the author-- so of course all his research backs it up. But he sells training to license people to use these ideas in therapy, so he has a clear conflict of interest.

Take everything with a whopping wheelbarrow full of salt.