What Are the Neuroscientific Secrets to Successful Psychotherapy?


Key neural mechanisms are responsible for emotion, memory consolidation, and lasting personal change.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy has receded into the background in many residency programs. But according to Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD, psychotherapy is not only foundational to the history of psychiatry—it still has a lot to offer.

In this Mental Health Minute, Lane uses a brain-based perspective to reimagine how psychotherapy works. In his latest book, Neuroscience of Enduring Change: Implications for Psychotherapy, he collects the latest neuroscientific research on how psychotherapy works and translates the scientific findings into ideas for effective clinical practice.

Dr Lane is Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at the University of Arizona.

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