Love: an emergent property of the mammalian autonomic nervous system.

@article{Porges1998LoveAE,
  title={Love: an emergent property of the mammalian autonomic nervous system.},
  author={Stephen Porges},
  journal={Psychoneuroendocrinology},
  year={1998},
  volume={23 8},
  pages={837-61}
}
The evolution of the autonomic nervous system provides an organizing principle to interpret the adaptive significance of mammalian affective processes including courting, sexual arousal, copulation, and the establishment of enduring social bonds. According to the Polyvagal Theory (Porges, 1995, 1996, 1997), the well-documented phylogenetic shift in the neural regulation of the autonomic nervous system passes through three stages, each with an associated behavioral strategy. The first stage is… CONTINUE READING
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