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Ivan Urlić, Croatia


Human being is essentially a social being and therefore has its own areas of contact with his/her surroundings, which we can call social synapses. These are  places of encounter and change, which can be viewed as under magnifying glass in terms of behaviour and communication styles in clinical work. In this way, the scientific area opens up to the plasticity of brain functioning on the one hand and to the dynamics of relationships on the other.

Today there are numerous scientific evidences that the brain as an organ and its functions depend on interactions with the environment from the very beginning of life. By describing some of the results of the latest neuroscientific research, and comparing them with psychodynamic understanding of developmental unfolding and  distorsions in mental functioning, as well as through examples from clinical practice, the author intends to broaden the view on certain aspects of brain functioning and the extension of concepts related to relationships of patients with psychosis, neuroplasticity, and the possibility of therapeutic influence on social synapses.


– Psychosis, social synapses, brain plasticity, coping with changing circumstances

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