WHY: This book will outline basic autonomic information and tracking.
- Basic Anatomy of Brain and Autonomic Nervous System (complete a brain road map first)
WHY: You need to have a foundation of the brain, stress, and the nervous system before exploring the book below. Completing a road map of learning about the brain and stress would be a priority first.
- Autonomic Dysfunction Real or not Real by Seth Oberst and Ben House (recommended by Lucy Hendricks)
- The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation by Stephen W. Porges $36.94
WHY: You should complete a road map for the brain, stress & human history, and even behavior before this book. You will need to have a solid foundation before even considering this as a resource. Porges will explore neurophysiology in depth and it can be helpful in understanding human behavior and training concepts.
WHY: This book provides information how the autonomic nervous system controls the body, particularly in response to stress. As a ‘primer’ is it easily readable, digestible, and in an accessible format.
WHY: A comprehensive textbook for health professionals who are interested in a deeper approach to the Autonomic Nervous System.
- The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk $10.88
WHY: Dr. van der Kolk provides powerful knowledge about the brain’s natural neuroplasticity and connection between body and brain. Trauma is a fact of life and can reshape our body and brain. Autonomics play an impact part of how we experience trauma and respond to it. This book will definitely combine the subjects of brain, behavior, and autonomics.