This workshop will review the neurobiology of pain processing, affect and hypnosis. Neuro- imaging studies will be reviewed elucidating individual differences in pain sensitivity and identifying distinct areas of the brain differentially activated depending upon the nature of hypnotic suggestions. A hypnotic approach that develops a dissociation between sensory and affective components of pain through the accessing of prior positive emotional experience will be demonstrated.
Dr. Fisher will present an fMRI study of intense romantic love, a primary mating drive, and the impact of this brain circuitry on human sexuality, human marital stability and therapy using SSRI antidepressants.
During the past five years, the field of neuroscience has given us an overwhelming amount of information related to couples therapy. It is now up to us as clinicians to integrate this knowledge into our practice. Join the challenge, as we use these exciting new facts to help couples move from the relational log-jam to lasting change.
Since the 1990s our understanding of the brain and behavior has taken a giant leap forward. This lecture brings you the latest research on the biology of relationships, along with hopeful new treatment protocols. Dr. Amen shares new insights from the brain through case studies from his own practice with couples who have benefited from his imaging work.
Through stunning new brain imaging research, the ADD brain has been uncovered. Based on extensive research using brain SPECT imaging, Dr. Amen has been able to see where ADD resides in the brain and why it has such a negative impact on behavior, including relationships. This workshop will discuss the impact of ADD on relationships and give strategies to help cope with the major issues.
IC01 Short Course 04 - The Neurobiology of Pain Processing and Hypnosis - Jeffrey R. Feldman, PhD
This short course will review the neurobiology of pain processing and hypnotic suggestion.
Neuroimaging studies will be emphasized, including landmark studies by Rainville and his
associates ( 1997, 1999) which identified distinct areas of the brain differentially activated
depending on the nature of hypnotic suggestions. An hypnotic technique which utilizes the
distinction between the sensory and affective dimensions of pain will be demonstrated.
Implications for current practice and future research will be discussed.
Current research on neurogenesis (growth of new brain cells) indicates that novelty, environmental enrichment and physical exercise can facilitate new growth in the adult human brain. How can we optimize our Ericksonian approaches to support the psychobiological growth process?