Social and Affective Disorders and Neuroscience

ImageStarting a new day with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Seth Gillihan.The focus will be on the Neuroscience in Social and Affective Disorders. After reviewing the disorders I suspect the neuroscience will be particularly fascinating in regards to OCD, PTSD, etc. Gilihan’s goals include the following

•Review reliable brain correlates of major classes of social and affective disorders
•Review diagnostic criteria for these disorders
•Provide tools for making sense of studies in these areas

ImageThe presentations will push us into practical issues beginning with the issue of anxiety via fMRI studies. Amygdala studies note that most actions exist between between emotional and social dynamics (emotional expressions seem keyed to social awareness at times).   Not surprising that studies around anxiety might begin with Amygdala activityGilihan notes that we need metanalyses across studies to better understand how specific studies converse with each other. What is noted is that both amygdala and insula both were involved in activation in anxiety states like PTSD but also reduced activity in the Pre Frontal Cortext where executive control exists.


About Dean G. Blevins

Dr. Dean G. Blevins currently serves as Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Discipleship at Nazarene Theological Seminary. An ordained elder, Dean has ministered in diverse settings and currently also serves at the USA Regional Education Coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene. A prolific author, Dr. Blevins recently co-wrote the textbook Discovering Discipleship and edits Didache: Faithful Teaching, a journal for Wesleyan Education.
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