APFM 2013 Brains on Relationship
Note from Mark: Thank you to everyone who attended and for all the warm and kind feedback! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any follow up questions, or would like more information about Portland State University’s program on Interpersonal Neurobiology.
Articles and videos referenced:
- Iain McGilchrist, The Divided Brain (12 minute RSA animate on the left and right brain)
- www.patcrittenden.com (Materials for most modern child-adult attachment theory, including attachment strategy circumplex, articles and Powerpoint presentations. Crittenden also has several good lectures and interviews on YouTube.)
- How your nervous system sabotages your ability to relate (Transcribed interview of Dr. Stephen Porges. Accessible article on the neurobiology of danger/safety – relationship)
- Interview of Dr. Stephen Porges informally discussing the Polyvagal Theory. Relatively accessible explanation of a complex theory.
- Still face experiment video (This 3 minute video was not presented, but it provides a beautiful example of the difference between resonating in a safe relationship and creating a situation of relationship danger. By Ed Tronick)
- Hardwiring Happiness, by Rick Hanson. (Discussed after the presentation.) Rick’s materials are heavily based on positive psychology, mindfulness, and interpersonal neurobiology, including Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory. Pre-ordering this book (Due out in October) allows free access to 7 interviews, including a very accessible interview of Dr. Porges. The interviews are also available at entheos.com
- Attachment and overnight visitation information research articles by Jennifer mcIntosh. Here is the shorter 2- page article that summarizes the findings. Here is a link to the larger (169 page) article.
Research shows our brains are hard wired to connect with others from birth and throughout our lives. Relationship strategies learned in pre-verbal infancy persist into adulthood, impacting how people relate to others and how they react to stress and conflict. In this workshop we will discuss the behaviors that result from those early relationships by exploring attachment theory and the human Social Engagement System. While these terms may seem complicated, they can provide a simple and robust way of identifying a person’s preferred relational style (two primary styles). We will provide relevant techniques from relational and neurobiological science and theory for improving mediator effectiveness.