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The Early Bonds of Mutual Love
1-day seminar with Dr Allan Schore

Saturday 9 November 2013


The centrality of the early bonds of mutual love between a mother and her infant to later human development has been emphasised by many scientists and clinicians. In this lecture Allan Schore will review a growing body of neuroimaging studies on the mother's brain as she is observing images of her emotionally expressive infant, as well as studies of the infant's brain processing positive cues from the mother. This neurobiological research on mother-infant love reveals the specific right-brain systems that operate within the mother and infant as they are communicating intensely positive and loving emotional states.

Using the interpersonal neurobiological perspective of regulation theory Allan Schore will integrate current neuroscience research with developmental psychodynamic models in order to propose that the earliest emergence of mutual love occurs at 2-3 months, that mother-infant mutual love is the neurobiological source of all later forms of adult love, that the right amygdala acts as a deep unconscious system in mother-infant and all later forms of mutual love, and that interdisciplinary data strongly support the concept of the long-lasting and pervasive influence of maternal love on the development and future emotional well being of the individual.


Dr Allan Schore

Dr Allan Schore is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. He is author of four seminal volumes, Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self, Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self, Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self, and The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy, as well as numerous articles and chapters. His Regulation Theory, grounded in developmental neuroscience and developmental psychoanalysis, focuses on the origin, psychopathogenesis, and psychotherapeutic treatment of the early forming subjective implicit self. His contributions appear in multiple disciplines, including developmental neuroscience, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, attachment theory, trauma studies, behavioral biology, clinical psychology, and clinical social work. His groundbreaking integration of neuroscience with attachment theory has lead to his description as "the American Bowlby" and with psychoanalysis as "the world's leading expert in neuropsychoanalysis."


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Self-funded: £150
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CPD Hours

Certificates of Attendance for 7 hours will be provided at the event

5th Floor Lecture Theatre
Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

Registration: 09.30
Start: 10.00
End: 17.30