The Neuropsychotherapist

The Neuropsychotherapist September 2017

The Neuropsychotherapist is the quintessential publication bridging the gap between science and the practice of psychotherapy for mental health professionals.

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decreased rem sleep is tied to a greater risk of dementia

A recent study by a Swinburne researcher has found that measuring rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is predictive of dementia in the elderly. The study, to be published in the latest online issue of Neurology , found that for every per cent that REM sleep was reduced in an elderly person, there was a nine-fold increase in the risk of them developing dementia. Author, Dr Matthew Pase, an NHMRC Sidney Sax Senior Research Fellow at Swinburne’s Centre for Human Psychopharmacology and a visiting Research Scholar at the Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, says the findings point to REM sleep being a predictor of dementia. “Sleep disturbances are common in dementia but little is known about the various stages of sleep and whether they play a role in dementia risk,” Dr…

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high moral reasoning associated with increased activity in the reward system

Individuals who have a high level of moral reasoning show increased activity in the brain’s frontostriatal reward system, both during periods of rest and while performing a sequential risk taking and decision making task according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Shanghai International Studies University in Shanghai, China and Charité Universitätsmediz in Berlin, Germany. The findings from the study, published in Scientific Reports, may help researchers to understand how brain function differs in individuals at different stages of moral reasoning and why some individuals who reach a high level of moral reasoning are more likely to engage in certain “prosocial” behaviors – such as performing community service or giving to charity – based on more advanced…

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sex with androids?

Do you ever find sex to be mechanical? Baby, you haven’t seen anything yet! It would not have occurred to me to write about such a bold and forbidden topic had I not come across a serious article titled: “Our Sexual Future with Robots,” a 41-page report [http://tinyurl.com/yc37fldo] published by the Foundation for Responsible Robotics [http://responsiblerobotics.org/]. The Foundation for Responsible Robotics is a European effort challenging scientist and engineers to think ahead about their creations and to take ethical considerations into account. In this paper, they focus on 7 core questions: 1. Would people have sex with a robot? 2. What kind of relationship can we have with a robot? 3. Will robot sex workers and bordellos be acceptable? 4. Will sex robots change societal perceptions of gender? 5. Could sexual intimacy with robots lead to…

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evolutionary perspectives: attachment theory, affect regulation theory and working with relational trauma

Nobody likes suffering, but suffering may just have been the cost of reproduction in risky or uncertain environments. When the future was risky, the most evolutionary adaptive pattern was to be hyper-vigilant, to grab hold of whatever resources were available and to convert them into children as quickly as possible—to live life as if there is no tomorrow. The costs in terms of physical health and emotional well-being are often so desperate that we call these pathways “pathological”, but from an evolutionary perspective, had our ancestors not paid these costs, we would not exist. James S. Chisholm (Chisholm & Sieff, 2015, p. 179) A famous quote from Anaïs Nin asserts that “We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.” We are immersed within a paradigm from which…

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SEPTEMBER 08-09 25th Annual World Congress on Learning Disabilities Orlando, USA The roster of local, national and international presenters needs you. Sessions will include researchers, professor, general and special educators, related service providers,administrators, and advocates. These skilled individuals will provide the latest information on theory, best practices and policy for children and adults with learning disabilities. You are invited to be among those presenters and authors who desire to share their expertise with a larger audience. https://www.ldworldwide.org/ldwconference-2017 16-19 Psych Congress New Orleans, USA Psych Congress serves as a unique forum to connect the entire mental health team — psychiatrists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, psychologists, primary care physicians and other mental health professionals — with the foremost experts in mental health to improve patient outcomes through education. No other mental health conference offers this level of practical…

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neurobiological underpinnings of bonding analysis

In the late 1980s, an eminent Hungarian psychotherapist, the late Dr. Jenö Raffai, developed a revolutionary new method he later called Bonding Analysis with which he accompanied pregnant women throughout their pregnancy, enabling the mothers-to-be to get into mental and emotional contact with their unborn babies. The primary objectives were on the one hand to satisfy the baby’s primal needs for bonding—that is to say, for feeling accepted, secure, protected, and most of all loved—and on the other hand to enhance the future mother’s bonding capacity. The Origins of Bonding Analysis The origins of this new approach were rooted in Dr. Raffai’s psychoanalytical treatment of a particular psychotic youth. Dr. Raffai discovered that the youth’s psychic disturbances could be traced back to the time he had spent in his mother’s womb. What…