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dc.contributor.advisorAppel, Steve
dc.contributor.authorBradley, Ruth
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-10T20:53:23Z
dc.date.available2013-12-10T20:53:23Z
dc.date.copyright2012
dc.date.created2013
dc.date.issued2013-12-11
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/6191
dc.description.abstractIs intensive psychotherapy needed to harness the brain’s natural plasticity? In order to throw light on this evidence-based question this dissertation conducts reviews of three bodies of literature: First it conducts an overview of the neuroscience literature pertaining to the concept of neuroplasticity associated with intensive learning, as psychotherapy is considered an emotional learning experience, to address the question, does intensive learning alter neural structure? The findings from this review indicate that intensive learning does indeed result in significant neural change. Second, it carries out a systematic review of the neuroimaging literature to answer the following question: What is known about the neural effects of psychotherapy? The neuroimaging studies in this review clearly demonstrate that plastic changes occur not only within brain systems but also at a molecular level and these changes, in response to psychotherapy, are similar to those observed in psychopharmacotherapy treatments. The third review carries out a systematic review of the psychotherapy/psychoanalytic literature to investigate the question; do more frequent psychotherapy sessions or intensive psychotherapy produce better outcomes? The results of this search draws convincing evidence that demonstrate that intensive therapy produces better outcome, especially in the long term, i.e. lasting changes. The clinical hypothesis derived from all of these results - a supposition which needs testing - is: intensive psychotherapy (frequent psychotherapy sessions) is more effective in harnessing the brain’s plasticity in order to maximise change.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectNeuroscienceen_NZ
dc.subjectNeuropsychologyen_NZ
dc.subjectNeuropsychotherapyen_NZ
dc.subjectPsychotherapyen_NZ
dc.subjectSession frequencyen_NZ
dc.subjectFreuden_NZ
dc.subjectNeuroimagingen_NZ
dc.titleWas Freud right? Is intensive psychotherapy needed to harness the brain’s natural plasticity?en_NZ
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.levelMasters Dissertations
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Health Scienceen_NZ
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dc.date.updated2013-12-10T04:00:38Z


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