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Neuroscience

I am in the process of moving most of the material on this page to a new website: www.peterafford.uk

I became interested in neuroscience over 20 years ago when a copy of Antonio Damasio's book The Feeling of What Happens fell off the shelf in a bookshop one lunchtime. 'Aha' I thought, maybe this is about the experience of the felt sense that we talk about in Focusing - and it was!

My own bookshelves now groan with neuroscience books, to which I can now add my own, Therapy in the Age of Neuroscience, published by Routledge. Focusing, and the inner experience of mind and body, have helped me understand enough of this complex subject to write about it. What has also helped is my experience of teaching seminars on interesting areas of neuroscience - such as memory, emotion and feeling, the mind-body question, and the right and left hemispheres - over the last 10 years.

Below are details of courses and presentations I have given, and some articles on neuroscience, Focusing and psychotherapy to download.

'Neuroscience for Therapists' course

A year long course of nine monthly seminars, details at peterafford.uk/courses

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Seminars & presentations

Subjects I have tackled for Focusing groups in recent years include:

  • 'The felt sense, the right brain, and other people': a presentation given at the Focusing International Conference in Cambridge, July 2016
  • 'Focusing Integrates the Left and Right Brains': a presentation given at the Focusing International Conference in Seattle USA, August 2015
  • 'Focusing in an Age of Neuroscience': a presentation given at the Focusing International Conference in Switzerland, May 2013
  • 'A Scientific Theory of Focusing': a presentation given at the Focusing International Conference in Germany, May 2010

Articles

The following articles discuss neuroscience and the practice of Focusing, including the natural phenomenon of (small 'f') focusing:

The felt sense, the right brain, and other people - notes of a presentation given at the Focusing International conference in Cambridge UK, in July 2016

Focusing integrates the left brain with the right brain - notes of a presentation given at the Focusing International conference in Seattle, USA, in August 2015

Focusing in an Age of Neuroscience - an article describing key aspects of Focusing and the links with what we know about brain and body, published in the Focusing Folio, Vol.23 No.1, 2012

A Scientific Theory of Focusing, part one - a paper given at the Focusing International conference in Germany, May 2010

A Scientific Theory of Focusing, part two - ditto

Why Focusing Makes The Human Brain Work Properly - a paper given at the Focusing International conference in Montreal, May 2008

Body Brain: Focusing in the Light of Neuroscience - a paper given at the Focusing International conference in the Netherlands, May 2006

And the following articles discuss neuroscience and the practice of counselling and therapy, including focusing-oriented therapy:

Engaging the Body Changes the Brain - published in Eisteach, the journal of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Vol.12 No.2, summer 2012

Get Your Head Around The Thing Inside It - published in the International Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol.11 No.1, March 2007

Comments & questions

I welcome feedback and suggestions!

Peter Afford
020 8673 1860
peter@focusing.co.uk