Dr. Laurence Kirmayer speaks on phenomenology and the ways in which it has mutated in a North American context. How are people framing the nature of their mental illness? How can we think of embodied experience (such as sleep paralysis) through metaphor as a bridge between neurology and a cultural point of view? Part of the Summer Programme in Social and Cultural Psychiatry from the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University.

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Critical Neuroscience

McGill Transcultural Psychiatry Plus

This course provides an overview of recent controversies surrounding cognitive neuroscience and the implications of recent advancements for psychiatry, industry, policy and other areas of social life. It will present key studies in social and cultural


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This course provides an overview of recent controversies surrounding cognitive neuroscience and the implications of recent advancements for psychiatry, industry, policy and other areas of social life. It will present key studies in social and cultural neuroscience from the last two decades and examine the potentials and limitations of predominant methodologies, particularly neuroimaging. The course will present the interdisciplinary project of critical neuroscience as a framework and set of tools with which to critically analyze interpretations of neuroscience data in the academic literature, their representation in popular domains and more broadly, the growth of neurocultures since the Decade of the Brain. The course will provide a forum to problematize, and consider alternatives to, neurobiological reductionism in psychiatry, areas of neuroethics, cultural neuroscience and neuropolicy, attending to the models, metaphors and political contexts of mainstream brain research. It will also explore various avenues for engagement between neuroscience, social sciences and the humanities.

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