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A Case of Spider Phobia: The Relationship Between Clinical and Laboratory Investigation

Most sciences depend on a convergence of methods to establish the existence and nature of a phenomenon. This preference is based on the supposition that each method has limitations that can be counterbalanced by the strengths of other methods.  Psychoanalysis has almost exclusively depended on its clinical method. In this paper the relationship between the psychoanalytic clinical method and a neuroscience experimental method will be examined with respect to a specific symptom -- a spider phobia.

Howard Shevrin, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Departments of Psychology
and Psychiatry, University of Michigan;
Faculty, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, February 9, 2008  
2:00 - 4:00 PM
2.0 CME and CE Credit Hours

Dr. Shevrin's paper is available for download here.  Please read the paper in advance of the presentation and, if possible, read the following article (can be obtained from the MPI library):

Shevrin, H. (1995).  Is psychoanalysis one science, two sciences, or no science at all?  A discourse among friendly antagonists.  Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 43(4), 963-986.