Theoretical Research

Calming cycle theory: the role of visceral/autonomic learning in early mother and infant/child behavior and development

Calming cycle theory proposes that early emotional behavior is shaped by subcortical visceral/autonomic co-conditioning between mother and infant. Two new constructs, emotional connection, and visceral/autonomic co-regulation are defined within a functional Pavlovian conditioning framework and are theorized to be part of an evolutionarily conserved mammalian phenomenon first identified by Pavlov. Read full article.