Psychiatric Annals

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An Interpersonal Neurobiology Approach to Psychotherapy

Daniel J. Siegel, MD

Abstract

Interpersonal neurobiology is a “consilient” approach that examines the independent fields of knowing to find the common principles that emerge to paint a picture of the “larger whole” of human experience and development. Interpersonal neurobiology attempts to extract the wisdom from more than a dozen different disciplines of science to weave a picture of human experience and the process of change across the lifespan. This article summarizes the principles of interpersonal neurobiology, with an emphasis on neuroscience findings regarding the mirror neuron system and neural plasticity.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is also on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA.

Address correspondence to: Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Mindsight Institute, 11980 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. 809, Los Angeles, CA 90049; or e-mail info@DrDanSiegel.com.

Dr. Siegel disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Abstract

Interpersonal neurobiology is a “consilient” approach that examines the independent fields of knowing to find the common principles that emerge to paint a picture of the “larger whole” of human experience and development. Interpersonal neurobiology attempts to extract the wisdom from more than a dozen different disciplines of science to weave a picture of human experience and the process of change across the lifespan. This article summarizes the principles of interpersonal neurobiology, with an emphasis on neuroscience findings regarding the mirror neuron system and neural plasticity.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is also on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA.

Address correspondence to: Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Mindsight Institute, 11980 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. 809, Los Angeles, CA 90049; or e-mail info@DrDanSiegel.com.

Dr. Siegel disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Interpersonal neurobiology is a “consilient” approach that examines the independent fields of knowing to find the common principles that emerge to paint a picture of the “larger whole” of human experience and development. Interpersonal neurobiology attempts to extract the wisdom from more than a dozen different disciplines of science to weave a picture of human experience and the process of change across the lifespan. This article summarizes the principles of interpersonal neurobiology, with an emphasis on neuroscience findings regarding the mirror neuron system and neural plasticity.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is also on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA.

Address correspondence to: Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Mindsight Institute, 11980 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. 809, Los Angeles, CA 90049; or e-mail info@DrDanSiegel.com.

Dr. Siegel disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

10.3928/00485713-20060401-06

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