Crossing the Synapse: Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience Join Forces
Saturday, October 21, 2006
UCSF Mission Bay Center

Launched in 2006 with a remarkable conference with Dr. Mark Solms, PINC's neuropsychoanalytic program presents an equally compelling speaker, Dr. Jaak Panksepp, this October 21. As founder of affective neuroscience, Panksepp poses evocative questions: Are emotions specific to humans or shared by animals? Do rats really laugh when tickled? Are there core human emotions?

Dr. Panksepp presents seven emotional systems and defines their role in the analytic cure. He'll describe the play and separation distress systems, and their connection with autism and ADHD. He'll discuss new pharmacological treatments, stressing that they work only in a socially supportive environment.

Upcoming speakers include Regina Pally, January 27, and Oliver Turnbull, May 19. Mark Smaller will discuss all three presentations.

Study groups begin January in San Francisco and September in Berkeley. Acclaimed neuroscientist/psychoanalyst Maggie Zellner will instruct by teleconference, moderated by Neuropsychoanalytic Committee members.

More on the conferences or study groups: (415) 922-4050 or pincsf@sbcglobal.net.