The Realisation Of Concepts: Infinity, Cognition, And Health

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The Realisation Of Concepts: Infinity, Cognition, And Health

by W. M. Bernstein

Karnac Books | May 1, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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There has recently been a flurry of theoretical activity in affective neuroscience and neuropsychoanalysis. This book argues that the ability to integrate biological and psychological levels of understanding is inhibited by two important issues. First is the assumption made by most theorists that physical and mental phenomena are essentially different ("the Hard Problem"). Second, is the ambiguity of the widely used "Affect Concept".

Ideas about the autonomic nervous system are integrated with those from the author''s previous textA Basic Theory of Neuropsychoanalysis.The Realisation of Conceptsis based on four key assumptions: (1) There is no "Hard Problem"; (2) Motivational theory and cognitive theory can be integrated to create more valid models of body, brain and mind interactions; (3) "Affect Concepts" are superfluous and work to inhibit theory integration; and, (4) Affect theory developed as a "compromise formation" in response to radical reductionism.

Dynamic parasympathetic braking processes are seen as centrally important causes of competence to use semantic self and nonself-concepts to regulate sensory data, feelings, other concepts, and overt behavior. A model is presented which describes how levels of sympathetic arousal and parasympathetic tone interact to cause normal, pathological and highly competent brain and mind states. Combining talk therapies with real time biofeedback data is described as a method for enhancing the parasympathetic tone.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 in

Published: May 1, 2014

Publisher: Karnac Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1782200703

ISBN - 13: 9781782200703

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The Realisation Of Concepts: Infinity, Cognition, And Health

by W. M. Bernstein

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 in

Published: May 1, 2014

Publisher: Karnac Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1782200703

ISBN - 13: 9781782200703

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There has recently been a flurry of theoretical activity in affective neuroscience and neuropsychoanalysis. This book argues that the ability to integrate biological and psychological levels of understanding is inhibited by two important issues. First is the assumption made by most theorists that physical and mental phenomena are essentially different ("the Hard Problem"). Second, is the ambiguity of the widely used "Affect Concept".

Ideas about the autonomic nervous system are integrated with those from the author''s previous textA Basic Theory of Neuropsychoanalysis.The Realisation of Conceptsis based on four key assumptions: (1) There is no "Hard Problem"; (2) Motivational theory and cognitive theory can be integrated to create more valid models of body, brain and mind interactions; (3) "Affect Concepts" are superfluous and work to inhibit theory integration; and, (4) Affect theory developed as a "compromise formation" in response to radical reductionism.

Dynamic parasympathetic braking processes are seen as centrally important causes of competence to use semantic self and nonself-concepts to regulate sensory data, feelings, other concepts, and overt behavior. A model is presented which describes how levels of sympathetic arousal and parasympathetic tone interact to cause normal, pathological and highly competent brain and mind states. Combining talk therapies with real time biofeedback data is described as a method for enhancing the parasympathetic tone.

About the Author

W. M. Bernstein trained in Biology, Social Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Psychopharmacology. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Psychology; and, was one of the first psychologists in the US authorized to prescribe psychotropic medicines.
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