The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy - Third Edition

Healing the Social Brain
Louis Cozolino
WW Norton & Co 2017
ISBN 9780393712643


An update to the classic text that links neuroscience and human behavior in the context of therapy.

This groundbreaking book explores the recent revolution in psychotherapy that has brought an understanding of the social nature of people's brains to a therapeutic context. Louis Cozolino is a master at synthesizing neuroscientific information and demonstrating how it applies to psychotherapy practice. New material on altruism, executive function, trauma, and change round out this essential book.

Preface to the Third Edition

Part I. Neuroscience and Psychotherapy: An Overview
1. The Entangled Histories of Neurology and Psychology
2. Building and Rebuilding the Brain: Psychotherapy and Neuroscience
3. Neural Integration in Different Models of Psychotherapy

Part II. How the Brain Works: The Legacy of Evolution
4. The Human Nervous System: From Neurons to Neural Networks
5. Multiple Memory Systems in Psychotherapy
6. Laterality: One Brain or Two?

Part III. Executive Functioning and Neural Integration
7. The Executive Brain: Directed Action and Inhibition
8. The Executive Brain: Navigating Space and Time
9. The Executive Brain: Discovering Others and Finding the Self
10. From Neural Networks to Narratives: The Quest for Integration

Part IV. Attachment and Connectedness
11. The Social Brain
12. Building the Social Brain: Shaping Attachment Schemas
13. The Neurobiology of Attachment
14. Altruism and Psychotherapy: Leveraging the Social Brain in the Service of Change

Part V. The Disorganization of Experience
15. The Anxious and Fearful Brain
16. Early Traumatic Stress: The Fragmentation of Self and Others
17. The Impact of Trauma: Biochemical Dysregulation and Neural Network Dissociation
18. The Self in Exile: Narcissism and Pathological Caretaking

Part VI. The Reorganization of Experience
19. The Evolutionary Necessity of Psychotherapy
20. Stimulating Neural Plasticity
21. The Psychotherapist as Neuroscientist
22. How People Change

Louis Cozolino, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Pepperdine University and a private practitioner. He is the author of The Healthy Aging Brain, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, and The Making of a Therapist. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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