Past Event

Vittorio Gallese - Bodily Self and Interpersonal Relations in Schizophrenia

March 7, 2023
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, New York

Event Description

In spite of the historically consolidated psychopathological perspective, neuroscientific research applied to schizophrenia has so far almost entirely neglected the first-person experiential dimension of this syndrome, mainly focusing on higher- order cognitive functions, such as executive function, working memory, theory of mind, and the like. An alternative view posits that schizophrenia is a self-disorder characterized by anomalous self-experience and awareness. This view may not only shed new light on the psychopathological features of psychosis but also inspire empirical research targeting the bodily and neurobiological changes underpinning this disorder. Recent empirical evidence on the neurobiological basis of a minimal notion of the self, the bodily self, will be presented. The relationship between the body, its motor potentialities and the notion of minimal self will be illustrated. Putative neural mechanisms underpinning an incoherent bodily self and the blurring of self-other distinction in schizophrenic patients will be presented. Cognitive neuroscience can today address classic topics of psychopathology by adding a new level of description, finally enabling the correlation between the first-person experiential aspects of psychiatric diseases and their neurobiological roots. Gallese posits that brain function anomalies of multisensory integration, differential processing of self- and other-related bodily information mediating self-experience, might be at the basis of the deficits and imbalance in the pre-reflective relationship of the bodily self to the social world observed in schizophrenia.

Event Speaker

Vittorio Gallese, Professor of Psychobiology at the University of Parma

Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required. All in-person attendees must follow Columbia's COVID-19 policies

Hosted by the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University.