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Maggie Zellner
The Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation 



Friday, March 2, from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM EDT
Saturday, March 3 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT

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The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue (entrance at 103rd Street)
New York, NY

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Neuroplasticity and the Unconscious:
mini-conference with Ansermet and Magistretti

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Join us on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3,
to think about the relationship between
neuroplasticity and the dynamic unconscious

at the New York Academy of Medicine,
1216 Fifth Avenue (entrance at 103rd Street);
free and open to the public. 

Seating is limited.  

FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 7-9:30 p.m.

7 - 8 p.m. - Wine and cheese reception

8 - 9:30 p.m. - The Neurobiology of Freedom: Neural Plasticity and the Dynamic Unconscious

Our brains are continually remodeled by experience, as the unconscious proceeds from associations to re-associations of traces in neuronal networks. In this presentation, Pierre Magistretti and François Ansermet – whose groundbreaking research bridges neuroscience and psychoanalysis – identify mechanisms of neural plasticity (critical for learning and memory) as key processes in the establishment of the “dynamic unconscious.”


François Ansermet (Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Geneva University Hospital)

Pierre Magistretti (Director of the Brain Mind Institute, École Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne, Switzerland)

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

(Coffee and refreshments available at 9:30 a.m.)

Panel Discussion: Implications, Questions, and Future Directions for Investigating the Dynamic Unconscious

If experience leaves traces in the mind and the brain, shaping how we think, feel and behave, how does it change our understanding of mental health, and of disorders like depression and anxiety? This panel explores in depth the model presented by Drs. Ansermet and Magistretti, including reconsolidation, in which memory traces can be re-sculpted when they are active. Followed by Q&A.


Cristina Alberini, Ph.D. (Center for Neural Science, New York University)

Eric Marcus, M.D. (Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research)

Daniela Schiller, Ph.D. (Mt. Sinai Medical School)

Mark Solms, Ph.D. (University of Cape Town)

Moderator: Maggie Zellner, Ph.D., L.P. (Rockefeller University, National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis)

Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Switzerland,
The Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation,
the Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis,
and the Agalma Foundation

Seating is limited

The Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation