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November 2023 Scientific Meeting

November 18, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free – $25.00

Western New England Psychoanalytic Society

Scientific Meeting

 Saturday, November 18, 2023    4–6 pm

WNEPS members, WNEIP candidates and all students/trainees attend free
Non-members: $25 professional registration fee (includes CME/CE certificate with completed evaluation)

Online via Zoom (link will be sent via email the day before the event)

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The Neuroscience of Two

Speaker: Joy Hirsch, PhD
Discussant: Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD

In our meeting, the Neuroscience of Two, we will explore the use of a novel neuroimaging technique—functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) or hyperscanning—which supports imaging of face-to-face live communication between two persons.  Data generated from free-flowing interpersonal interaction, captured with fNIRS, are representative of clinical situations.  Dr. Hirsch, a leader in the use of this imaging technique to understand prosocial dialog, will offer insight into neural correlates of stereotyping and prejudice that can emerge spontaneously in dyads, particularly where there is socioeconomic disparity.  What brain regions are mobilized, for example, to mediate the demands for empathy and social cognition in such settings?  In addition, Dr. Hirsch will share important work on the neural underpinnings of clinician-client discourse.  In particular, the demands on the neural activity of participants required to silently reason about the problematic cognitions of another person.  Another dimension of Dr. Hirsch’s work speaks directly to the long research tradition in psychoanalysis, which focuses on the importance of the human face and eye-to-eye contact as fundamental to development.  In this work, Dr. Hirsch uses hyperscanning to probe the eye-to-eye contact in neuro-typic individuals and in participants with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Her ASD research advances our understanding of the social difficulties inherent to ASD as well as the active neural correlates for eye contact in neurotypic and non-neurotypic individuals.  During the Q & A, the aims of discussion will be to offer insights from clinical psychoanalysis, which may contribute to design and development of further investigations.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the clinical relevance of fNIRS in imaging live interactions between two persons
  2. Identify regions of the brain that support pro-social dialog
  3. Apply principles of clinical psychoanalysis to novel neurla imaging modalities

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Suggested Reading

Hirsch_Imaging Interpersonal Interactions

Hirsch_Neural correlates of eye contact and social function

Hirsch_Dialogue Between Dyads with Socioeconomic Disparity


Presenter: Joy Hirsch, PhD

Joy Hirsch, PhD is the Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry, Comparative Medicine, and Neuroscience as well as the Principal Investigator of the Brain Function Laboratory at Yale School of Medicine. She holds a joint appointment as Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at University College London in the UK. Her primary research interest is the neural circuitry that underlies live social interactions. This “two-person neuroscience” is enabled by advances in imaging technology based on optical imaging using near-infrared spectroscopy. Prior to her recruitment to Yale University, she was the founder and director of the Columbia University Functional Imaging Research Center.

Discussant: Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD

Silver Hill Hospital

Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD is President and Medical Director of Silver Hill Hospital, a private non-profit psychiatric hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut.  Prior to joining Silver Hill, Dr. Gerber was Medical Director and CEO of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Gerber serves as associate clinical professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and as associate clinical professor at the Child Study Center, Yale University.  He is the former co-director of the Parent-Infant Program at Columbia University, former director of the MRI Research Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and former director of research at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

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CME/CE Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Western New England Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.” 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.                     

This program is being reviewed for Continuing Education Credit hours by the NASW, CT to meet the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.

 A Certificate of Attendance for WNE Programs can be used to fulfill CE requirements for CT Psychologists.



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November 18, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free – $25.00
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