October 24, 2017
"The Referential Process: Theory, Measurements and Applications; Today and Tomorrow" with Wilma Bucci, PhD and Bernard Maskit, PhD
In broad outline, the referential process describes three phases, labeled Arousal, Symbolizing and Reorganizing, that are integral to emotional communication in general, and to the psychotherapeutic process in particular. The theory, measurement and applications of the referential process have evolved in mutual interaction since this theory was introduced by Wilma Bucci in 1978. We will outline the current state of the theory particularly with reference to developments in neuroscience; then describe the current state of the measurements of verbal output that can be used as pointers to the extent of involvement in the different phases, in both English and Italian. We describe these measurements, in the context of new applications, as made by the current version of the Discourse Attributes Analysis Program (DAAP), which uses the Weighted Referential Activity Dictionary (WRAD), for the symbolizing phase, the disfluency dictionary for the arousal phase, and the reflection dictionary for the reorganizing phase. We then go on to describe some works in progress, including a version of DAAP based on time rather than word count that incorporates acoustic as well as linguistic data, and also present visions of future developments.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium