The nature and importance of brain asymmetry; an afternoon with Iain McGilchrist – The Royal College of Psychiatrists Evolutionary Psychiatry Special Interest Group, London.

Friday 5th April 2024, from 1pm (in-person event) 

Event description.

Dr Iain McGilchrist is a retired psychiatrist and clinical director. He was previously an Oxford don in English literature. He has authored a number of major works that have attracted worldwide attention. These include ‘The Master and his Emissary’ and ‘The Matter with Things’. He is widely considered one of the pre-eminent thinkers of our time. This event will include presentations by Dr McGilchrist followed by open discussion.


Programme. The programme of the day is as follows:

  • 1pm – 2pm – Registration and coffee
  • 2pm – 2.05pm – Introduction, Dr David Geaney 
  • 2.05pm – 3.30pm – Session 1: ‘Hemisphere theory and the implications for psychiatry’, Chaired by Dr Annie Swanepoel: This session will be primarily based in neurology and neuroscience.   It will address the important advances made in understanding brain asymmetry, its evolutionary origins, and the light it casts on aspects of neuropsychological functioning in different kinds of mental illness. It will also deal with its implications for phenomenology and the nature of the human mind, and ask how this might influence the diagnosis and treatment of patients. 
  • 3.30pm – 3.45pm – Coffee break 
  • 3.45pm – 5.15pm – Session 2: ‘The philosophical implications for the humane practice of medicine’, Chaired by Dr Tassos Dimopoulos: This session will discuss the wider philosophical implications for the way we regard clinical practice both in psychiatry and more generally in medicine: the influence of models, the need for integrating different approaches, the significance of context and relationship, and ultimately how we see the human being and human life itself.
  • 5.15pm – Event Close 
  • 6pm – 8.30pm – Dinner (for those who have booked this option)

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