Face to Face, Brain to Brain with Uri Hasson at NYPSI

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Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis
Marianne and Nicholas Young Auditorium
247 East 82nd St., between 2nd & 3rd, NY, NY 10028

Saturday, March 2, 2013, 10 am – 12 pm, Uri Hasson, Ph.D., Princeton University

Face to Face, Brain to Brain:  Exploring the Mechanisms of Dyadic Social Interactions

Cognition materializes in an interpersonal space. The emergence of complex behaviors requires the coordination of actions among individuals according to a shared set of rules. Despite the central role of other individuals in shaping our minds, experiments typically isolate human or animal subjects from their natural environment by placing them in a sealed quiet room where interactions occur solely with a computer screen. In everyday life, however, we spend most of our time interacting with other individuals. In the talk I will argue in favor of a shift from a single-brain to a multi-brain frame of reference. I will present a new analysis tool, in which we compute the “functional connectivity” between the brain responses in a seed area in one subject and the responses in other subjects’ brains.

While at rest, we see no correlations in the responses across subjects; however, during the processing of real-life stimuli the brain responses in one brain are coupled to the responses in another brain. Such neural coupling is mediated via the transmission of a signal (stimulus-to-brain coupling) through the environment. When the transmitted signal is speech produced by another brain, the inter-subject functional analysis exposes a shared neural substrate that exhibits temporally aligned response patterns across the speaker and the listener. The recording of the neural responses from two brains opens a new window into the neural basis of interpersonal communication, and may be used to assess verbal and non-verbal forms of interaction in both human and other model systems.

Discussant: Maggie Zellner, PhD

Students, academics and clinical professionals in the analytic community are encouraged to attend. Members of the public are also welcome.

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Educational Objectives: After attending, participants will be able to

1) identify the neural substrates involved with the comprehension of real-life narrative
2) identify the neural substrates involved with the production of real-life narrative
3) be familiar with current data on the extent of dyadic coupling between the brains of speaker and listener during narrative production and comprehension, respectively

Information regarding CME credit for psychiatrists:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of [2] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Information regarding CE credit for psychologists:

The New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists. NYPSI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA-approved CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance and completed evaluation forms. Upon receipt of the completed evaluation form, attendees will receive a PDF via email documenting CE credits.

Persons with disabilities: This building is wheelchair accessible.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: None of the planners and presenters of this CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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