Required Reading

Required Reading:

Chitty, J. (2013). The autonomic nervous system. In Dancing with the yin and yang. Colorado School of Energy Studies website.

Cozolino, L. (2006). The neuroscience of human relationships: Attachment and the social brain. New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Co. (note to students, you do not need to know everything in this book, but there are so many great stories about the application of social neuroscience and discussion.) Chapters 3, 7, 9, 13, 14,15

Dykema, Ravi. (2006, April 1). How your nervous system sabotages your ability to relate. Nexus. Retrieved July 3, 2017.

Porges, S.W. (2004). Neuroception: a subconscious system for detecting threats and safety. Zero to Three, May 19-24.

Porges, S.W. Interview with Stephen Porges on the Polyvagal Theory and the Vagus Nerve (video)

Siegal, D. (2012). The developing mind, 2nd ed: How relationships and the brain interact to shape who we are. New York, NY: Guildford Press.

Weinstein, A. (2016). Prenatal development and parents' lived experiences: How early events shape our psychophysiology and relationships (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology). NY: Norton Press. Chapter 7.

White, K. (2017). Improving Birth Outcomes with Epigenetics and Polyvagal Theory. ACNM Conference May, 2017. (Powerpoint)

Recommended Reading:

Siegel, D. (2007) The mindful brain. New York, NY: W.W. Norton Press.

Siegel, D. and Hartzell, M. (2004). Parenting from the inside out. New York, NY: Tarcher Press.

All videos on Dan Siegel's website,

Social Neuroscience Course by Mark Brady, PhD. This is an excellent online course that is highly technical and detailed.