Neuroscience and the memory code: exploring the implications for Gestalt Therapy

Rossouw, Pieter J. (2014). Neuroscience and the memory code: exploring the implications for Gestalt Therapy. In: 9th International GANZ Conference: Programme. GANZ 2014: The 9th International GANZ Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (4-4). 18-21 September 2014.

Author Rossouw, Pieter J.
Title of paper Neuroscience and the memory code: exploring the implications for Gestalt Therapy
Conference name GANZ 2014: The 9th International GANZ Conference
Conference location Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 18-21 September 2014
Convener Gestalt Australia and New Zealand
Proceedings title 9th International GANZ Conference: Programme
Place of Publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher Gestalt Australia and New Zealand
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Published abstract
Open Access Status
Start page 4
End page 4
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Recent discoveries in neural research facilitated a new paradigm in understanding the role of talking therapies to shift patterns of pathology towards wellness. Since physicist and Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, Bert Sakmann discovered single channels in cells and later molecular neuroscientist Eric Kandel (another Nobel Laureate) demonstrated how neural wiring (of Aplysia Californica) is malleable, the classical approaches focusing on the brain as electro-chemical system with hard wired neural connections shifted to a new understanding of the brain and in the case of higher order neural networks (like the human brain) - the neural interconnectedness of “us”. These studies opened new perspectives and ultimately led to many evidence based studies demonstrating how the brain changed as result of environmental violations (trauma) but also has the capacity to change as result of enriched environments – the impact of talking interventions. Concepts like: neuroplasticity; neurogenesis and synaptoplasticity are commonly used to demonstrate the capacity of the brain to change. What is less clear is the efficacy of various “talking interventions” to maximise these changes. This paper focuses on the key principles of neuroscience to facilitate neural change and the implications for Gestalt Therapy.
Keyword Neuroscience
Neuropsychotherapy
Gestalt therapy
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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Created: Fri, 19 Sep 2014, 09:37:06 EST by Pieter Rossouw on behalf of School of Social Work and Human Services