How does our autonomic nervous system work?


Why do we react the way we do? Steven Borges' polyvagal theory is a concept that describes the functioning of the autonomic nervous system, with an emphasis on the vagus nerve. It states that the vagus nerve plays an important role in regulating social interactions and stress responses.

According to this theory, the autonomic nervous system evolved in different layers, with the vagus nerve playing a crucial role in adapting to different situations, such as regulating emotions and promoting social communication. Multiciliary theory provides insight into how the autonomic nervous system responds to stress and social situations, and how this can impact emotional and social health.

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This video explains it clearly.

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Last updated: April 2024

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