march, 2019

08mar2:30 pm4:00 pmFantasy, Inhibition, and the Association Cortex:An Evolutionary Perspective on Everyday Clinical Moments


Event Details

The Scientific Program Committee of NPAP


Fantasy, Inhibition, and the Association Cortex:

An Evolutionary Perspective on Everyday Clinical Moments
Maggie Zellner Ph.D
Friday, March 8th, 2019
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

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40 West 13 Street, # 216
(Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Handicap accessible facility

An overview of a basic model of the mind and brain, designed for psychotherapists, will be presented. The mind and brain can be divided into an affective/instinctual core, regulated by an inhibitory/symbolic canopy. The presenter will review some of the key subcortical circuits involved with emotion, instinct, and drive, and some of the cortical circuits involved with affect regulation, inhibition, and fantasy or imagination. Some clinical observations will illustrate how a neuropsychoanalytic perspective can enrich clinical hypotheses in psychodynamic therapy and provide general support for the basics of psychodynamic technique.

Learning Objectives: After attending the presentation, participants will be able to
– Name at least three basic emotion systems and identify at least one brain structure involved with each.
– Identify at least three resting-state networks that are involved with fantasy, affect regulation, working memory, or salience; and
– Describe neuroimaging literature on psychiatric disorders.

Open to NPAP members and candidates I no cost
non-members I $30.00

1.5 CE contact hours will be granted to participants with documented attendance and complete evaluation form. It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements. Upon completion, a Certificate of Attendance will be emailed to all participants.

Bio: Maggie Zellner, PhD, LP, a psychoanalyst and neuropsychoanalytic educator, is the Executive Director of the Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation in NY, and co-editor of the journal Neuropsychoanalysis, a founding member of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society, and a graduate and member of NPAP in NY. She also trained as a behavioural neuroscientist. Her PhD is from the Graduate Center of CUNY in the Neuropsychology Sub-program at Queens College, focusing on the neural components of the mesolimbic dopamine system in reward learning, and her postdoctoral training was with Donald Pfaff at The Rockefeller University.

Related readings:
– Braunstein, L. M., Gross, J. J., & Ochsner, K. N. (2017). Explicit and implicit emotion regulation: a multi-level framework. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(10), 1545–1557.
– Buckner, R. L., & Krienen, F. M. (2013). The evolution of distributed association networks in the human brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17(12), 648–665.
– Zellner, M. R. (2012). Toward a materialist metapsychology: Major operating principles of the brain provide a blueprint for a fundamentally psychodynamic infrastructure. The Psychoanalytic Review, 99(4), 563–588.

Program Committee: Steven Yagerman (Chair), Laura D’Angelo, Jean Golden, Smadar Harush, Jessica Low, Victoria Malkin.

National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0139.

National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0010.



(Friday) 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP)

40 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011