The Human Association Cortex in the Context of Evolution: A discussion of Buckner & Krienen (2013) Maggie Zellner, Ph.D., L.P. at the Helix Center

The Human Association Cortex in the Context of Evolution: A discussion of Buckner & Krienen (2013) Maggie Zellner, Ph.D., L.P.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 10 am, The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium, 247 E. 82nd Street, NYC
Free and open to the public , RSVP is appreciated but not required; first come, first-seated, To register, click HERE, visit, or call 212.879.6900

This will be an open discussion, facilitated by Maggie Zellner, Ph.D., L.P.

In this meeting, we will discuss a paper by Buckner and Krienen (2013) on the development of the association cortex through evolution. As the association cortex has expanded, a number of mental capacities have evolved in tandem, including the capacity to inhibit instinctual responses; working memory; affect and behavior regulation; symbolization; fantasy and imagination; theory of mind; and more. These capacities have become more complex, interacting with the primary sensory and motor cortex, and the emotional and instinctual subcortical circuits, that all mammals share. Participants should read the paper before the meeting. (See reference and link to paper below.)

Dr. Zellner will give an overview of the main points of the paper. Discussion will follow, linking the concepts from the article to clinical phenomena and to important questions in metapsychology.

Buckner, R. L., & Krienen, F. M. (2013). The evolution of distributed association networks in the human brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17(12), 648-665.

Maggie Zellner, Ph.D., L.P. is a psychoanalyst, behavioral neuroscientist, and neuropsychoanalytic educator. She is the Executive Director of the Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation in New York, and editor of the journal Neuropsychoanalysis. She has taught introductory neuroscience to the psychoanalytically-minded since 2003, and is in private practice in New York City.

2 CME/ CE credits offered

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
1) Describe at least three mental capacities supported by association cortex, and identify key “nodes” involved with those processes;
2) Engage more effectively with brain imaging literature on psychiatric disorders; and
3) Identify at least three resting-state networks that are involved with fantasy, affect regulation, working memory or salience.


New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists. New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0317.


Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of (2) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Important disclosure information for all learners

None of the planners and presenters of this CME program has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Persons with disabilities

The building is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator. Please notify the registrar in advance if you require accommodations.


247 East 82nd Street, NY, NY 10028


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