NPSA Congress – London 2017
The 18th Annual Congress of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society
COMPULSION TO PREDICT:
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SELF AND ITS DISORDERS
Keynote talks, research sessions and symposia will be presented on this theme as well as on a variety of other neuropsychoanalytic topics
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 emphasised 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.
The Educational Day: This is a pre-conference meeting with several introductory lectures in neuroscience and psychoanalysis on topics of relevance to the theme. These are comprehensive lectures that are often of great interest even to those with some prior knowledge of the topic. It will take place from 9am until mid-afternoon on Thursday 13 July.
The Congress: It will start in the late afternoon of Thursday 13 July and end in the late afternoon of Saturday 15 July.
In memory of Professor Jaak Panksepp and his outstanding scientific contributions we will be hosting a dedicated session during the Congress. We have also started a blog to commemorate Jaak and reflect on his remarkable life and career.
Meet and Greet: Greet old friends and new colleagues on Wednesday evening before the conference! Congress registrants will receive more details by email.
The Post-Congress meeting: This successful formula of re-visiting congress material and sharing thoughts will last around 2 hours on Sunday 16 July in the morning or afternoon. Location to be announced at the meeting.
The Debate: Following the success of our Oxford-style debates, we will hold one in London. Stay tuned for the question!
London: Many people’s favourite city, where there is something for everyone, including wonderful and free museums (92 in fact!). Click here for Time Out’s top ten museums in London. Click here to find out about concerts, opera, plays, festivals and more…
Arriving in London: There are six (yes, six!) airports around London. Click here to find the one you are landing at – and which options there are to get into town. If you come from the Continent by Eurostar you will arrive at St Pancras International Station which is walking distance from the Congress venue (or a short bus ride away). That station is stunning, and well-worth a visit whether or not you are travelling through it. For example, it holds the only ‘other’ Fortnum & Mason shop (the main one being in Piccadilly).
Optional Dinner: It will be held in trendy Camden Lock with a magnificent view of the canal, the famous bridge and weeping willow. The menu is exciting – please click here to view it. You will be asked by email to select your menu. If you have specific dietary requirements, please let Paula Barkay know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration: You may still register at the door. Click on “Venue” for details. Click here for prices or to register.
Accreditation: The meeting will provide CPDs for medical doctors, psychologists, and social workers. They will be provided by CPD Certification Service.