Fall Conference: A Neuropsychoanalytic Model of the Mind and Brain, with some Clinical Implications by Maggie Zellner, Ph.D., L.P.

This talk will present an overview of a basic model of the mind and brain, designed for those who are newcomers to neuroscience. The mind and brain can be divided into an affective/instinctual core, regulated by an inhibitory/symbolic canopy. We will review some of the key subcortical circuits involved with emotion, instinct, and drive, and some of the cortical circuits involved with affect regulation, inhibition, and fantasy or imagination.

In the discussion, some clinical vignettes will be offered to show how a neuropsychoanalytic perspective can enrich clinical hypotheses in everyday psychodynamic therapy and provide general support for the basics of dynamic technique. Participants will also be invited to share clinical vignettes.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to name at least three basic emotion systems, and at least one neurotransmitter involved with each.
2. Participants will be able to identify cortical networks involved with experience and insight, speculating about ways in which they are involved in the clinical process.
3. Participants will be able to correlate key psychoanalytic formulations of intrapsychic agencies with brain networks that mediate functions which may be related to those agencies.

Maggie Zellner, Ph.D., L.P., is the Executive Director of the Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation, and the co-editor of the journal Neuropsychoanalysis. She is a licensed psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City,where she trained at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP), and received her Ph.D. in Neuropsychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has been teaching neuroscience to the psychoanalytically-minded since 2003.

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Date(s) - November 17, 2018
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Hope Club (please no jeans/sneakers)
6 Benevolent St.
Providence, RI

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