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The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Healing the Social Brain

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contrast to this view, recent theoretical advances in brain imaging have revealed
that the brain is an organ continually built and re-built by one's experience. We
are now beginning to learn that many forms of psychotherapy, developed in the
absence of any scientific understanding of the brain, are supported by neuroscientific
findings. In fact, it could be argued that to be
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published April 26th 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Esra Bestel
This is the second book I am reading by Cozolino. I think he is a good writer and researcher. The thing is that every time I read what he writes which I like tremendously I think that our parents have a huge opportunity and ability to fuck our lives up from the day one without even knowing. It is quite depressing.
The title says it pretty well: this book explains the physical aspects of the brain and how they are formed and changed by what the person experiences, starting from birth. While not set in stone, aspects of our personalities are actually set in the shapes and activity of our brains. It’s a circular effect: what happens to us shapes our brains, and then the shape of our brains sets how we react to things. But thankfully, our brains can and do continue to change throughout our lives.

There are ac
Not quite completely read, but this is a book best read in sections anyway, I think, to absorb it more fully (something, incidentally, Cozolino would appreciate as being more in touch with the human brain's natural functions). Anyway, excuses aside - the parts of this I read were fascinating, especially the ways in which he links storytelling and narrative to brain function and the way we bridge different parts of the brain to make connections. I may not remember the medical terms for all the pa ...more
Very insightful although more diagrams of the brain throughout would've helped non-biology majors like me.
Robin Mclaughlin
Currently, I have read about half of this book and I am amazed at how straight forward and accessable Cozolino has presented this material. While the human brain remains humans' final frontier, Cozolino provides empirical evidence that supports the efficiacy of psychotherapy. Brillant!
I am amazed at how straight forward and accessible Cozolino has presented this material. While the human brain remains humans' final frontier, Cozolino provides empirical evidence that supports the efficacy of psychotherapy. Brilliant!
Robespierre Cat
I thought this book was mildly and at times greatly interesting though taking every subject known and casting it as neuroscience is beginning to bore me.
Excellent integration of therapy and brain science, although the last part was a little too speculative for my personal taste.
I'm using this in my Applied Biopsychology class for graduate students in counseling psychology. The students love it!
Science!! This is heavy reading, sometimes too heavy for my not-so-science oriented brain, but I LOVE the conclusions.
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