The Neurobiology of Freedom


Neural Plasticity and the Dynamic Unconscious (Presentation)

Our brains are continually remodeled by experience, as the unconscious proceeds from associations to reassociations of imprints in neuronal networks. Drs. François Ansermet and Pierre Magistretti-whose groundbreaking research bridges neuroscience and psychoanalysis–speak on neural plasticity (critical in learning and memory) and the establishment of the dynamic unconscious.

Participants: François Ansermet (Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Geneva University Hospital) and Pierre Magistretti (Brain Mind Institute, Federal Polytechnic School, Lausanne, Switzerland)

Panel Discussion

If experience leaves imprints in the brain, shaping how we think, feel and behave, how does it change our understanding of mental health and disorders like depression and anxiety? A discussion on Drs. Ansermet and Magistretti’s presentation given the night before.

Participants: Cristina Alberini (Center for Neural Science, NYU), Eric Marcus (Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research), Daniela Schiller (Mt. Sinai School of Medicine), Mark Solms (University of Cape Town)

Moderator: Maggie Zellner (Rockefeller University, National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis)

In partnership with the Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation, the Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis, and the Agalma Foundation.

Event Date & Time

Presentation: FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 8p.m.–9:30p.m.
Panel Discussion: SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 10a.m.–12p.m.


The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
(Entrance on 103rd Street)


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