|Tuesday, May 2nd, 2000, 8:00 PM
at the New York Academy of Medicine, 2 East l03rd Street, New York City,
A collation will be held at 7:00.
The George E. Daniels Award Evening
From Hysteria to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Psychoanalysis and the Neurobiology of Traumatic Memories
presenter: Yoram Yovell, M.D., Ph.D.
Memories in general, and memories of trauma in particular, were central to psychoanalysis from its very beginning. Over the past 20 years, the neurobiological study of memory has led to a new understanding of the effects of psychic trauma on the brain and its memory systems. Those recent biological insights into the nature of memory have direct bearing on the theory and the practice of psychoanalysis. Yoram Yovell, a psychoanalyst and a neurobiologist, will discuss some of Freuds original approaches to traumatic memories. He will then describe the anatomy and physiology of the brains memory systems. The divergent roles of the hippocampus and the amygdala in mediating declarative (explicit) and emotional (implicit) memories will be discussed. Within the context of a case example, he will review how the biology of memory can - and should - affect psychoanalytic theory and technique. The relevance of these findings to the century-old controversy which surrounds recovered memories of childhood abuse will also be explored.