Mentalising Homeostasis: The Somatic and Social Origins of the Self Presenter with Katerina Fotopoulou, Ph.D. at Pfeffer Center at NYPSI

Mentalising Homeostasis: The Somatic and Social Origins of the Self Presenter: Katerina Fotopoulou, Ph.D.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 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

According to cognitive neuroscience there are at least two ways of knowing yourself: One, through integrating multimodal signals into an egocentric reference frame and assigning the first person perspective; another, through the cognitive ability to disengage from the embodied first person perspective and adopt another person’s perspective on your experience. These research traditions have progressed with relative independence in the field. For example, different paradigms examine feelings of body ownership and agency from a first person perspective (e.g. the Rubber Hand Illusion) versus third person perspective, self-recognition in mirrors. Inspired by psychoanalytic insights on development, Dr. Fotopoulou will present a set of behavioural and neuroscientific studies with healthy individuals, neurological patients with right-hemisphere damage, and patients with anorexia nervosa, putting forward the idea that first and third-person perspectives on the self dissociate and proximal, embodied experiences of affective congruency may act as the ’emotional glue’ between such first and third-person perspectives on one’s own self-consciousness. Without such unification, self-consciousness is either dominated by egocentric (narcissistic), interoceptive priors (as in anosognosia for hemiplegia), or third-person (super-ego) judgements lacking in affective anchoring to the body (as in anorexia nervosa). By contrast, the progressive integration of these perspectives contributes not only in a flexible, unified experience of the self in adulthood, but our ability to understand other minds and empathise with their embodied and mental experience, even though ours may be different.

Katerina Fotopoulou, Ph.D. studied cognitive neuropsychology and theoretical psychoanalysis before completing her Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Durham, UK and her clinical training as a Counselling Psychologist (DCounPsych) several years later. She is currently an Associate Professor (Reader) at the Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology Department, University College London. There she researches how embodied experiences are interpersonally ‘mentalised’ and perceived to form the basis of our selves. Katerina is the Founder of the International Association for the Study of Affective Touch (IASAT) and the London Psychodynamic Neuroscience Group on: ‘Psychodynamic Neuroscience and Neuropsychology’. She has published widely in psychology and neuroscience journals and is the editor of the volume: Fotopoulou, A. Conway, M.A. Pfaff, D. From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in Psychodynamic Neuroscience. Oxford University Press, 2012. In 2016, Katerina was awarded the Junior Investigator Award of the International Neuropsychological Society.

2 CME/CE credits offered.

Educational Objectives: Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
1) Explain how ‘sensory synchrony’ and related concepts contribute to predictive mental models.
2) Explain how ‘social synchrony’ and related concepts contribute to predictive mental models.

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.

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.

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