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  • APPG on Yoga in Society

The Neurobiology of Social Connectedness

Time: 11:30-13:00 Date: Tuesday June 11th Venue: Committee Room 4, House of Lords


Last week we had the very special opportunity to hear from groundbreaking scientist, Dr. Stephen Porges of the Kinsey Institute, Indiana; whose work on Polyvagal Theory is transforming the world of psychological therapies worldwide, and could be foundational to understanding and improving social connectedness and cohesion.


This event brought together policymakers and health experts to explore how yoga and mindfulness practices influence these physiological mechanisms to promote social connection and improve mental health. Attendees had the opportunity to learn a simple breath practice, which evidence suggests reduces stress and improves prosocial behaviour.


Speakers included:


Dr. Stephen Porges: Distinguished University Scientist at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Illinosis and at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Widely regarded as the father of Polyvagal Theory.


Dr. Sue Carter: Director of the Kinsey Institute, international expert in behavioural endocrinology and the first person to identify the physiological mechanisms responsible for socialmonogamy. Her current work focuses on how to maximise the production of oxytocin, "the cuddle hormone".


Both presentations are available under Reports.

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