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The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Healing the Social Brain

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In 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 ...more
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Published June 21st 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Esra Bestel
Aug 16, 2013 Esra Bestel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Laurie
Mar 28, 2011 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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Sonia
Dec 20, 2013 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Robin
Jan 12, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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!
Kevin
Feb 06, 2011 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent integration of therapy and brain science, although the last part was a little too speculative for my personal taste.
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.
Trevor
Mar 11, 2014 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very insightful although more diagrams of the brain throughout would've helped non-biology majors like me.
Aunnalea
Nov 07, 2012 Aunnalea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Science!! This is heavy reading, sometimes too heavy for my not-so-science oriented brain, but I LOVE the conclusions.
Jennifer
Nov 13, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm using this in my Applied Biopsychology class for graduate students in counseling psychology. The students love it!
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“As the language areas of the left hemisphere enter their sensitive period during the middle of the second year of life, grammatical language in the left integrates with the interpersonal and prosodic elements of communication already well developed in the right. As the cortical language centers mature, words are joined together to make sentences and can be used to express increasingly complex ideas flavored with emotion. As the frontal cortex continues to expand and connect with more neural networks, memory improves and a sense of time slowly emerges and autobiographical memory begins to connect the self with places and events, within and across time. The emerging narratives begin to organize the nascent sense of self and become the bedrock of our sense of self in interpersonal and physical space” 1 likes
“[Narratives] serve as powerful tools for high-level neural network integration. The combination of linear storyline and visual imagery woven together with verbal and nonverbal expressions of emotion activates and utilizes dedicated circuitry of both left and right hemispheres, cortical and subcortical networks, the various regions of the frontal lobes, and the hippocampus and amygdala. The cooperative and interactive activation involved in stories may be precisely what is required for scultpting and maintaining neural network integration while allowing us to combine sensations, feelings, and behaviors with conscious awareness. Further, stories link individuals into families, tribes, and nations and into a group mind linking each individual brain. It is likely that our brains have been able to become as complex as they are precisely because of the power of narratives and the group to support neural integration” 0 likes
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