The New Neuroscience of Mirror Neurons in Medicine, Psychotherapy, and Rehabilitation / Ernest Rossi

This presentation will outline recently emerging neuroscience foundations for the clinical practice of medicine, psychotherapy, and rehabilitation in the future. We will review research that documents how psychosocial and cultural processes can modulate gene expression and brain plasticity, which can impact health and behavior in human relationships on many levels. We will trace the pathways between observing consciousness, mirror neurons, the genomic/protein synthesis cycle, brain plasticity, and stem cell healing in response to novelty, enrichment, imagination, sleep, and dreaming in normal daily life as well as during emotional trauma, stress, and important life transitions typically explored during psychotherapy. New skill sets for facilitating the therapeutic pathways of mind-body healing will be demonstrated in creative exercises with the entire audience, individual demonstrations, and practicum in small groups as time permits. ERNEST LAWRENCE ROSSI, PH.D. received the Lifetime Achievement Award For Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Psychotherapy by the Erickson Foundation in 1980 and the American Association of Psychotherapy in 2003. He has authored 25 books and 150 scientific papers on psychotherapy, therapeutic hypnosis, rehabilitation, dreams and the creative process. His most recent books include The Breakout Heuristic: The New Neuroscience of Mirror Neurons, Consciousness and Creativity in Human Relationships, The Psychobiology of Gene Expression: Neuroscience and Neurogenesis in Hypnosis and the Healing Arts and A Dialogue with Our Genes: The Psychosocial Genomics of Therapeutic Hypnosis and Psychotherapy