Thursday 1 June 2017, 6:00 pm
UCL, 26 Bedford Way, Room 305
Dreams and their meaning in the perspective of current neuroscience
Abstract: Recent work in neuroscience assigns two main roles to sleep and dreaming: minimising free energy, and consolidating memory and maintaining the synaptic connections in which memories are reallized. These roles can be seen to coincide in detail with Freud’s and other depth-psychological accounts of the meaning and function of dreams. By integrating these accounts we can understand how the significance we assign to dreams derives from their role in unifying the emotional meaning of the past and the present in preparation for the future, a task they accomplish by adjusting emotional significance over the fields of memory in which experiential learning is embodied.
Bio: Jim Hopkins is currently Honorary Professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at UCL. He was Kohut Visiting Professor for 2008 at the University of Chicago and since his retirement has been Reader Emeritus in the Philosophy Department at King’s College London.
As you know by now, a Neuropsychoanalysis Group has been formed in London with special emphasis on psychodynamic neuroscience and neuropsychology research. Now in its eighth year, it usually meets at 6 pm on the first Thursday (and less frequently on the first or second Wednesday or Thursday) of each month of the academic calendar. If you read this for the first time, and are interested in joining or visiting this group, please contact:Prof Jim Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org, providing 2-3 lines indicating your discipline and the nature of your interest.
For those of you who plan to attend the 2017 London Congress in July…
the difference in the price between a Society member and a non-member is over 10%, i.e. more than the cost of the annual membership!
Become a member: https://npsa-association.org/membership-account/membership-levels/
London Congress: https://npsa-association.org/events/npsa-congress-london-2017/
It is with great PANIC that we note and communicate the passing of Jaak Panksepp.
Jaak was a pioneer in neuroscience, arguing for the importance of the subcortical and the ‘affective’ in neuroscience when others were and sometimes are still lost in the narrow lenses of behaviourism. His views have influenced our work on primary emotions, social relating, oxytocin, attachment, consciousness, pain and affective touch. His contributions to the field of Neuropsychoanalysis are simply irreplaceable. Importantly to this lab, he was a generous and wise mentor to more junior scientists, the kind of person you wanted to meet in conferences and get his perspective on your life as much as you wanted to tell him about your science. The kind of person who CARED and wanted to save you the FEAR of science.
His wife and writer Anesa Miller has been posting on their website to keep his friends and colleagues informed of his recent health struggles.
She poignantly wrote today: “His color is gone, his breath is gone, his pain is gone. Still, I just can’t be sure”.
For all of us that SEEK to follow in tiny steps the wide neuroscientific path Jaak set out for us, we will never be sure. No matter how far affective neuroscience and neuropsychoanalysis will go, Jaak will always be there holding our hand, tickling our rats, refusing to apologise for CARE, for LUST, for RAGE and perhaps most importantly for PLAY.
Dr Charlotte Krahé has been awarded the Psychology Department ECR Publication Prize, King’s College London, for 2016-17 with her paper ‘Affective touch and attachment style modulate pain: a laser-evoked potentials study’. Many congratulations for an excellent piece of work!
Saturday 8 April 2017, 9am – 5pm
Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane NW3 5BA
NEUROSCIENCE STUDY DAY
Clinical presentations and neuroscience of dreaming and trauma
Visiting speaker and discussant: Earl Hopper
09:00-09:30: Registration and Refreshments
09:30-11:00: Discussion of three papers led by: Jim Hopkins, John Hook and Cynthia Fu
- Mark Solms New Findings On The Neurological Organization Of Dreaming: Implications For Psychoanalysis(1995). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 64:43-67
- T Fischmann, M O Russ, M Leuzinger-Bohleber – (2013) Trauma, dream, and psychic change in psychoanalyses: a dialog between psychoanalysis and
the neurosciences. Frontiers in Neuroscience
- Robin Carhart-Harris Waves of the Unconscious: The Neurophysiology of Dreamlike Phenomena and Its Implications for the Psychodynamic Model of the Mind (2007) Neuropsychoanalysis 9:2, 183-211
11:30-11:30: Morning Refreshments
11:30-13:00: A clinical commentary on trauma and dreaming — Dr Earl Hopper
13:45-14:30: Neuroscientific and clinical perspectives on dreaming and trauma: An attempt at synthesis — Dr Susan Mizen
14:30-15:30: Group discussion
15:30-16:00: Afternoon Refreshments
16:00-16:45: Future developments of MP neuroscience interest group and London NPSA group
For more information and to book online please visit: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/traininpsychiatry/conferencestraining/conferences/medicalpsychotherapy2017.aspx
Thursday 2 March 2017, 6 pm
UCL, 26 Bedford Way, Room 305
Interoception: from homeostasis to self-awareness
Abstract: Modern psychology has long focused on the importance of the body as the basis of the self. However, this focus concerned the exteroceptive body, that is, the body as perceived from the outside, as when we recognize ourselves in the mirror. This influential approach has neglected another important dimension of the body, namely the interoceptive body, that is, the body as perceived from within, as for example when one feels her racing heart. In psychology, research on interoception has focused mainly on its role in emotion. Recent research, however, has attempted to go beyond this approach, aiming instead to show how interoception and interoceptive awareness serve the unity and stability of the self, analogous to the role of interoception in maintaining physiological homeostasis. My talk will consider such findings from studies on infants and adults as a means of going beyond the division between interoception and exteroception to consider their integration in self-awareness. This approach provides an alternative to existing psychological theories of the self insofar it goes beyond the apparent antagonism between the awareness of the self from the outside and from within, to consider their dynamic integration and inform us on how humans navigate the challenging balance between inside and out, in terms of both the individual’s natural (interoception vs. exteroception) and social (self vs. others) embodiment in the world.
Bio: Manos Tsakiris studied psychology and philosophy before completing his PhD (2006) in psychology and cognitive neurosciences at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL. In 2007 he joined the Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is currently Professor of Psychology. His research is highly interdisciplinary and uses a wide range of methods to investigate the neurocognitive mechanisms that shape the experience of embodiment and self-identity, and our social relations . He is the recipient of the 2014 Young Mind and Brain Prize, of the 22nd Experimental Psychology Society Prize and 2016 NOMIS Foundation Distinguished Scientist Award. Since 2016, he is leading the interdisciplinary Body & Image in Arts & Science (BIAS) project at the Warburg Institute, and since 2017 the INtheSELF ERC Consolidator project at Royal Holloway.
Thursday 9 February 2017, 6 pm
UCL, 26 Bedford Way, Room 305
DR SUE MIZEN
The Relational Affective Model; a neuropsychoanalytic treatment for severe and complex narcissistic disorder
Abstract: The Relational Affective Model has been developed from clinical observation of patients with severe personality disorder attending an intensive psychotherapeutic treatment programme in the NHS. The model draws upon the neuroscience literature to describe a pathway through which affect is symbolised in a relational context. The disruption of this pathway through neurological or relational deficit or psychodynamic defence is outlined to account for the failures of symbolisation observed clinically. The narcissistic defences of attributive and acquisitive projective identification described by Herbert Rosenfeld and Ron Britton provide an account of the disruption in the experience of self and other and of the boundary of the self which are common to these disorders and their associated comorbidities including eating disorders and psychosomatic disorders. The disordered pattern of relating to the body as other and the implications for psychotherapeutic practice are summarised.
Bio: Dr Mizen is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy. Having trained at the Cassel Hospital in West London she was a Consultant at Charing Cross Hospital in Fulham before taking up her post in Devon. She undertook her analytic training with the Society of Analytical Psychology in London. She wrote the business case for the Devon Partnership Mental Health Trust Specialist Personality Disorder Service obtaining funding for a day treatment and outpatient psychodynamic psychotherapy programme for people with severe and complex Personality Disorder who would otherwise be treated in locked placements. She is the clinical lead for this service and over the past five years has developed the Relational Affective Model which is in use in the service. She is undertaking a neuroscience PhD at Exeter University to test the hypothesis which underpins the clinical model. She is the Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In addition to her NHS practice she continues to practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in Private Practice.
Laura Crucianelli has been awarded an international Neuropsychoanalysis fellowship to examine the effect of oxytocin and affective touch in Anorexia Nervosa.
Together with Dr Fotopoulou, she has also been awarded the Fund for Psychoanalytic Research from the American Psychoanalytic Association.