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Brain asymmetry and human meaning... Dr Iain McGilchrist at the International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference

31 May 2019

“As someone who has seen at first hand the astonishing power of art therapy to help heal patients, I am honoured to speak at this exciting conference, in which we can hope to bring neuroscience and the patient’s experience together.” Keynote Speaker, Dr Iain McGilchrist

In his Keynote, Dr Iain McGilchrist will explore the links between neuroscience and creativity:

Neuroscientific accounts of human experience are all the rage, but are sometimes about as informative as giving an account of how your TV works when your aim is to understand a moving documentary.  

If neuroscience is to be more than the substitution of technical information for the subtleties of lived experience, it has to look at the bigger picture, at the level at which the world comes into being for each of us. 

Insights into how the two hemispheres of the brain do this, while having a quite different ‘agenda’, may bring new insight into our patients, their suffering and how best to help them. 


Dr Iain McGilchrist is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and former Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at the Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospital, London.  He was a Research Fellow in neuroimaging at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Stellenbosch. He has published books, original articles and research papers in a wide range of publications on topics in literature, medicine and psychiatry.  He is best known as the author of The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World (Yale UP 2009). 



The International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference will be held on 11-13 July 2019 at Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London.

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