Self Reflected

Greg Dunn and his art has been featured in our magazine in the past. He does amazing etchings of the brain and various neural architectures.  If you would like to check out his work you can find him at http://www.gregadunn.com/ These prints and original...

The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy 3rd Edition

There have been a few books in my journey as a psychotherapist that have had a significant impact on me such as The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy by Schore, The Developing Mind by Siegel, Unlocking the Emotional Brain by Ecker, Ticic, & Hulley and The...

Prefrontal Cortex

Prefrontal Cortex Brief Definition The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is the cerebral cortex covering the front part of the frontal lobe. This brain region has been implicated in planning complex cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision making, and moderating...

The Limbic System

The Limbic System The limbic system (also known as the paleomammalian brain) is a collection of brain structures located in the middle of the brain. It was first defined by Paul Broca in the nineteenth century as the structures between the cerebral hemisphere and the...

Basic Psychological Needs

Basic Psychological Needs Klaus Grawe (2004, 2007) developed a view of mental functioning from conceptualizations formed in mainstream contemporary psychology, yet with a particular ‘driver’ that may not be altogether ‘mainstream’. That is,...

Epigenetics

Epigenetics Definition Epigenetics (from the Greek: επί – over, outside of, or around the genome) is the study of trait variations caused by external or environmental factors that switch genes on and off and affect how cells read genes....

Play & The Brain

Neurobiology of Play Our brains contain at least seven primary-process emotional systems, shared by all mammals, that help us anticipate and respond to situations that promote or threaten our survival (Panksepp, 1998; Panksepp & Biven, 2012). These systems drive...

Memory Reconsolidation

Memory Reconsolidation Definition Memory reconsolidation is the brain’s natural, neural process that can produce transformational change: the full, permanent elimination of an acquired behavior or emotional response. It is the brain’s innate process for...

Dynamic Deconstructive Psychotherapy

Dynamic Deconstructive Psychotherapy (DDP) is a 12-month treatment for borderline personality disorder and other complex behavior problems, such as alcohol or drug dependence, self-harm, eating disorders, and recurrent suicide attempts. DDP combines elements of...

Guide to the Brain Part 10

The Psychotherapist’s Essential Guide to the Brain Part 10 Striatum, Motivation and Control Members Download: TNPTissue11pp10-13 In 1988, French neurologist Michel Habib and colleague Michel Poncet became intrigued by stories of people who would all of a sudden...

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder Definition According to the DSM-V (American Psychiatric Association, 2013), “the essential feature of borderline personality disorder is a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and...

Hypothalamus

The Hypothalamus The hypothalamus (from the Greek words meaning “chamber underneath”) is a structure with a variety of vital functions that links the nervous system to the endocrine system via the pituitary gland, for the regulation and coordination of...

The Triune Brain

The Triune Brain Neuroscientist Paul D. MacLean formulated a model of the brain in the 1960s, detailed in his 1990 book The Triune Brain in Evolution, describing the brain in terms of three distinct structures that emerged along an evolutionary path. Although this...

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