Two New Theoretical Papers On Cortical Processing

Psychotherapy and the Brain: The Dimensional Systems Model and Clinical Biopsychology

Robert A. Moss
Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital 

Abstract

The dimensional systems model explains cortical processing on the basis of cortical column interactions, leading to a clinical biopsychological model which involves brain-based psychotherapy integration. The current paper provides a detailed explanation of the interface between these models in relation to psychological treatment. A specific discussion of certain psychotherapy treatment approaches is provided with suggestions on what cortical areas are being impacted. In reference to negative emotional memories there are specific, theoretically based suggestions on how to most effectively neutralize the continuing impact on a client’s current psychological functioning. Loss-related depression is explained on the basis of opponent-process theory as related to the brain model. It is hoped that this paper can generate interest among neuroscientists and clinicians to fully evaluate the value of these theoretical models.

The Journal of Mind and Behavior
Winter 2013, Volume 34, Number 1
Pages 63–90
ISSN 0271–0137

A Theory of Hemispheric Specialization Based on Cortical Columns


Robert A. Moss
Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital

Ben P. Hunter, Dhara Shah, and T.L. Havens
Forest Institute of Professional Psychology

Abstract

Hemispheric function specialization and associated neuroanatomical characteristics have been a topic of interest for many years. In this regard, mechanisms of cortical processing and memory storage have proven elusive. The current paper proposes that a model of cortical processing based on the column has the potential for explaining laterality of function and memory. Memory formation is defined as the strengthening of synaptic connections in any given circuit of cortical columns, while forgetting is defined as weakened synaptic connections with failure to activate downstream columns in any given circuit. Following a discussion of the cortical column, it is suggested that speed and quantity of columnar activation can explain laterality findings. However, several additional aspects of columnar interaction patterns must be considered to explain the regional differences within each of the hemispheres. The paper concludes with a discussion of current approaches that offer a means to test the model’s validity.

The Journal of Mind and Behavior
Summer and Autumn 2012, Volume 33, Numbers 3 and 4
Pages 141–172
ISSN 0271–0137

 
Dr. Moss is currently working with Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, SC. He is board certified in clinical psychology (ABPP) and neuropsychology (ABN). He had over 20 years in private practice in addition to academic positions. He has published a number of professional articles and most recently had two papers on the Clinical Biopsychology approach with former graduate students at the Barcelona meeting of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. Copies of recent articles are available at his website www.emotionalrestructuring.com.
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