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Interpersonal Neurobiology

  • Developing Brains
  • The article explains brain development, taking into consideration new research in the field, facilitated by new technology. They touch upon topics as the specializations of different parts of the brain, sensitive periods, the role of the environment, bilingualism, etc. They are interested in raising awareness about this information for the creation of accurate policies for the education and care of children. ...

  • Video: The Origins of Compassion: A Phylogenetic Perspective
  • This presentation explains the neural origin of compassion as a change in the phylogenetic neural systems. Polyvagal theory and the concept of “neuroception” are used to help in the understanding of the ANS responses to the environment and the possibility of experiencing compassion. ...

  • The Long-Term Costs of Traumatic Stress: Intertwined Physical and Psychological Consequences
  • The gradual emergence of symptoms following exposure to traumatic events has presented a major conceptual challenge to psychiatry. The mechanism that causes the progressive escalation of symptoms with the passage of time leading to delayed onset post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) involves the process of sensitization and kindling. The development of traumatic memories at the time of stress exposure represents a major vulnerability through repeated environmental triggering of the increasing dysregulation of an individual’s neurobiology. An increasing body of evidence demonstrates how the increased allostatic load associated with PTSD is associated with a significant body of physical morbidity in the form of chronic musculoskeletal pain, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, obesity and cardiovascular disease. This increasing body of literature suggests that the effects of traumatic stress need to be considered as a major environmental challenge that places individual’s physical and psychological health equally at risk. This broader perspective has important implications for developing treatments that address the underlying dysregulation of cortical arousal and neurohormonal abnormalities following exposure to traumatic stress. ...

  • Beyond Words: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Perspective
  • Ogden highlights the importance of non-verbal communications. The awareness to indicators such as prosody, eye contact, facial expression, preparatory movements, arm movements, posture, proximity and locomotion can provide us with important information about the patient´s implicit self and their implicit relational knowing. She presents clinical examples to understand how this is played out in therapy and what can the therapist do to help patients be aware of their non-verbal communications. ...

  • Modern attachment theory: the enduring impact of early right-brain development
  • Dr. Schore centers his talk on the importance of the early right brain development for the future functioning and well-being of a person. He describes a shift in science that currently gives emotions and to the regulation of emotions a privileged place. The attunement and co-regulation in the relationship between the mother and the baby has a fundamental impact on the regulation of emotions. Current research shows that emotional dysregulation and problems in the right brain are present in every pathology. ...

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