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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

2010 Visiting Professor - Regina Pally, M.D.

April 12-17, 2010

Dr. Regina Pally will be our Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis this year. The mother of three grown children, Dr. Pally is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst from Southern California with extensive clinical and academic experience in adult psychoanalysis and analytic psychotherapy and neuroscience as it relates to psychoanalysis. Her particular neuroscience interests and accomplishments involve the neuroscience of emotion, intersubjectivity, the brain's ability to "predict" the future, empathy, and the role of nonverbal behavior in communication and therapeutic communication. Her bibliography is extensive, including articles in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Cortex, and her book, "The Mind Brain Relationship" (2000, Other Press, 196 pp.). She is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, a member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis, and Co-Director and founding member of the Center for Parenting Studies. Her husband, who will be accompanying her here, is a physician in Los Angeles.

Dr. Pally writes:

My emphasis, or 'organizing principle,' for the whole group of lectures will be the inherently social nature of human beings.... the human brain unlike all our other animal relatives is uniquely organized to promote social relatedness, and because of this a number of unique human capacities have evolved, including but not limited to language (including all its extensions, speech, conversation, writing, reading, literature), culture, creativity, and the long process of child development. In fact, just as each species is designed by nature to inhabit a particular environmental niche, such as the desert, the tundra, the rain forest, humans, who inhabit any of these physical environments by the way, are especially designed to inhabit the niche of socialization. What this means is that the brain has evolved to enhance our survival within this niche of social interaction. We are the most social species. We have the largest and most complex social groups. The brain has evolved special circuits and special forms of brain development to enhance our survival capacity.....and out of this have evolved the human capacities previously mentioned.

Her presentations during the week are certain to be intriguingly creative, cross disciplinary, and progressive. She is a delightful presenter and presence.