Dr. Stephen Porges to Discuss The Polyvagal Theory at the Biofeedback Federation of Europe's Annual Meeting in Venice, Italy

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The Biofeedback Federation of Europe welcomes Dr. Stephen Porges to their annual meeting. He will address an international audience with an invited talk on The Polyvagal Theory followed by a two day workshop during which he will further elaborate on the topic.

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Dr. Stephen Porges

The Polyvagal Theory describes how, via evolution, a connection emerged in the brain between the nerves that control the heart and the face.

The Biofeedback Federation of Europe is pleased to announce the inclusion of Dr. Stephen Porges among presenters at its upcoming conference in Venice, Italy. The BFE Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place in Venice Italy, from February 11-15, 2014 at the Instituto Universitario Salesiano Venezia (IUSVE).

Dr. Porges will present on The Polyvagal Theory, which describes how, via evolution, a connection emerged in the brain between the nerves that control the heart and the face. In addition to an invited talk, he will present a two-day workshop titled "The Polyvagal Theory: Neural Mechanisms Mediating Social Behavior, Emotional Regulation, and Health." He will discuss how this face-heart connection provided the structures for the “social engagement system” that links our bodily feelings with facial expression, vocal intonation, and gesture. The Polyvagal Theory provides a more informed understanding of the automatic biobehavioral reactions of our body to safety, danger and life threat. Additionally, it will explore how faulty neuroception can have an impact on autonomic regulation and social behavior and how understanding the features that trigger different neuroceptive states (safety, danger, and life threat) can be used as a strategy of treatment by triggering neuroceptive states of safety.

About Dr. Stephen Porges
Dr. Stephen Porges is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he directed the Brain-Body Center and Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland where served as Chair of the Department of Human Development and Director of the Institute for Child Study. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences. He is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 200 peer‐reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including 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 mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of psychiatric disorders. He is the author of "The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation" (Norton, 2011) and is currently writing "Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe" (Norton, 2014).

The BFE Annual Meeting
The BFE Annual Meeting is an interdisciplinary biofeedback conference designed to nurture communication and education between specialists from different disciplines. Experts from neurofeedback, biofeedback, psychology, medicine, physical therapy, education and other disciplines come together to share and learn. The Scientific Program will feature talks on a variety of topics related to sports from Concussion (Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (Jay Gunkelman, QEEGD) to muscle rehabilitation (Annette Booiman, PT).

About the Biofeedback Federation of Europe
The Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE) is community interest company in the UK leading the way to share knowledge in the field of biofeedback. Through its “Learn From the Best” program, it offers a variety of webinars, online classes, courses, software and workshops with applications in healthcare, mental health, optimal performance and sport. Content is developed independently by International Research & Education Project teams. For more information, visit the BFE Online Shop.

Contact: Carol Meyers
BFE Education Manager

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