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The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Healing the Social Brain
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
ebook, 416 pages
Published June 21st 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company
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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.
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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
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!
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!
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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”
“[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”More quotes…