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  • The Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis

    Psychosis revealed through the connectome: A neuropsychoanalytic perspective

    Saturday, November 7, 2015
    10:00 AM

    "Psychosis revealed through the connectome:
    A neuropsychoanalytic perspective"
    with Tiziano Colibazzi, M.D.

    Discussant: Maggie Zellner, Ph.D.

    The field of functional brain connectivity is one of the most dynamic areas of neuroscientific research because it provides the tools to study both small-scale and large-scale networks in the living brain. Arguably, complex brain functions such as those of interest to psychoanalysts are functions supported by such networks, rather than by single brain regions. The aims of this presentation are: 1) to provide an overview of methods for the study of functional connectivity and the connectome; 2) to illustrate the application of such methods to a sample of individuals at clinical high-risk for psychosis; 3) to discuss these findings in the context of the psychoanalytic understanding of psychosis; 4) to discuss how such large scale networks can be understood in terms of the agencies described in Freud’s structural topography.

    An overview of methods for the study of functional connectivity and the connectome will be provided and illustrated with results from a large data set of adults at clinical high risk for psychosis. Functional connectivity analyses allowed us to identify functional networks involving the posterior heteromodal cortices, whose disrupted connectivity could underlie the development of psychotic symptoms. The risk of developing psychotic symptoms thus may be related to an increased connectivity between subcortical structures and cortices that are devoted to high-order processing of sensory stimuli.

    We speculate that psychosis results from sensory processing “escaping” prefrontal control and “flooding thinking,” lending thoughts the immediacy of sensory qualities. We submit that such a mechanism is consistent with an understanding of psychosis in terms of an eruption into consciousness of thing presentations and primary process thinking.

    RSVP is appreciated but not necessary; first come, first-seated FREE. All are welcome.

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


    Tiziano Colibazzi, M.D. is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University and at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Dr. Colibazzi’s research focuses on the neuroscience of emotions as well on brain imaging of psychotic disorders, using a variety of imaging techniques including resting state and task-based fMRI, anatomical imaging, DTI and PET. Dr. Colibazzi is also trained as a psychoanalyst and sex therapist and is a psycho-pharmacology supervisor for the Columbia Psychiatry residency program.

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