Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis: A Dialogue and Theory of Therapeutic Action
Recent neuroscientific advances have stimulated a deepening dialogue regarding how this knowledge might best apply to clinical practice.
Recent neuroscientific advances have stimulated a deepening dialogue regarding how this knowledge might best apply to clinical practice. In this event, we explore the question, what is the significance of neuroscience and, in particular, of neuroplasticity, to psychoanalysis and psychotherapy?
Dr. Brian Koehler, psychoanalyst and ISPS President, discusses the potential of neuroscience for the analyst treating severe mental illness. Neuroplasticity underlies his belief that psychoanalysis can modulate ineffective neuronal response patterns. Interactions between therapist and patient can change basic relational patterns stored in implicit memory systems.
Dr. Koehler will present a clinical perspective integrating research form such disciplines as epigenetics, developmental psychobiology, and affective neurosciences, facilitating the dialogue between a first person phenomenology and a third person neuroscience.
March 21, 2009 -- Laurel Heights, President's Room, 8:30 AM - 1 PM
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