The 18th annual congress of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society brings together leading neuroscientists, psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, psychologists and philosophers to discuss implications of the insight that our psychological past predicts our future. Recent neuroscientific models have turned the traditional picture of cognition on its head: our brains are not passive, stimulus-driven organs that construct complex percepts from current sensory inputs. Instead, the brain is an active prediction machine, using previous experiences to anticipate and shape our current and future states in the world.
What are the implications of this insight for psychoanalysis, psychiatry and psychology? Psychotherapists have always emphasized the importance of early experiences, and particularly early trauma or deprivation, for adult psychological dynamics. Are the roots of disorders of the self – including narcissistic and dissociative disorders – to be found in maladaptive predictions? Are we doomed to repeat old conflicts and traumas? Are repeating and re-enacting the core resistances to change, or do they present therapeutic opportunities? How do we update or change predictions; and what are the biological, environmental and social factors that modulate this process?
The format of the congress will include keynote presentations from internationally renowned experts as well as panel discussions, interactive debates and clinical and research presentations.
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Deadline: Abstracts are due by Monday, January 9, 2017. The abstract submission system is now open. You may submit your abstracts by clicking here; you will receive a receipt and a reference number. Notification of acceptance status will be made by early March. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt, please follow up by email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.