Science of Identity in New York Times

August 9th, 2009


The New York Times published an article today on the mysterious connection between our sense of self and our physical brain, referencing stories and research from traumatic brain injury cases. The sense of self is an area that psychotherapy has been investigating for some time, and it’s fascinating to see how brain science approaches this material.

The Times article is part of an ongoing series in that paper called The Science of Identity.

Locally we have had some recent collaborations between the fields of psychotherapy and neuroscience at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. Their Spring 09 events, Crossing the Synapse, offered discussions of neuroplasticity, relational trauma and neuroanatomy.

Authors who address these topics in interesting ways include Antonio Damasio, Dan Siegel, Oliver Sacks, and Louis Cozolino.

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