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SPEAKING EVENT: Australian Childhood Foundation 2021 Online Symposium: Polyvagal Theory, Oxytocin, the Neurobiology of Love
June 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am MDT
Dr. Steven Porges and Sue Carter will discuss the common evolutionary changes in the nervous system that enable the transition from asocial reptiles to social mammals. The presentation focuses on the dependence of sociality on the emergence of a uniquely mammalian ventral vagal circuit and a uniquely mammalian neuropeptide, oxytocin.
These changes enabled mammals to reflexively down regulate threat reactions, which enabled mammals to be safe in proximity with others. The neural mechanisms provided the basis for cooperation, co-regulation, trust, and love. However, trauma and abuse disrupt these processes and re-tunes the survivor’s nervous system to have low threshold to threat cues and to be a chronic state of defense.