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  • The Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis

    Neurology and Freud

    Saturday, February 1, 2014
    11:00 AM

    V.S. Ramachandran, M.D., Ph.D. will receive the 2013 Arnold Pfeffer Prize and present on "Neurology and Freud"

    Despite breathtaking progress in brain imaging, our knowledge of how the human brain works remains rudimentary - what we need are conceptual advances. As Freud himself recognized, the key to understanding human nature and human consciousness lies in neuroscience; especially what currently goes by the name cognitive neuroscience.

    Dr. Ramachandran's laboratory studies behavioral deficits arising from focal brain changes; he will use two neurological syndromes to illustrate both the pitfalls and strengths of Freudian approaches.

    Note: Due to overwhelming response, we are unable to hold seats for those who pre-registered, Admission is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Please come early to ensure you have a seat.

    RSVP is closed for this event.
    Contact Sharon Weller for additional information at 212-879-7050.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    V.S. Ramachandran is Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and Distinguished Professor with the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego. Ramachandran initially trained as a doctor (MBBS) at Stanley Medical College, Madras, India, and subsequently obtained a Ph.D. from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. After that, he received an honorary FRCP; London (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians) and two honorary doctorates (DSc; honorus causa). Ramachandran's early work was on visual perception but he is best known for his experiments in behavioral neurology which, despite their apparent simplicity, have a profound impact on the way we think about the brain. He has been called "the Marco Polo of neuroscience" by Richard Dawkins and "the modern Paul Broca" by Eric Kandel.

    Ramachandran has authored and edited several books including Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Brain, The Emerging Mind, A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness: From Imposter Poodles to Purple Numbers, The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human.

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