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  • Academic Research/Referential Process Seminar

    The Referential Process: Theory, Measurements and Applications; Today and Tomorrow

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    8:00 PM

    "The Referential Process: Theory, Measurements and Applications; Today and Tomorrow" with Wilma Bucci, PhD and Bernard Maskit, PhD

    In broad outline, the referential process describes three phases, labeled Arousal, Symbolizing and Reorganizing, that are integral to emotional communication in general, and to the psychotherapeutic process in particular. The theory, measurement and applications of the referential process have evolved in mutual interaction since this theory was introduced by Wilma Bucci in 1978. We will outline the current state of the theory particularly with reference to developments in neuroscience; then describe the current state of the measurements of verbal output that can be used as pointers to the extent of involvement in the different phases, in both English and Italian. We describe these measurements, in the context of new applications, as made by the current version of the Discourse Attributes Analysis Program (DAAP), which uses the Weighted Referential Activity Dictionary (WRAD), for the symbolizing phase, the disfluency dictionary for the arousal phase, and the reflection dictionary for the reorganizing phase. We then go on to describe some works in progress, including a version of DAAP based on time rather than word count that incorporates acoustic as well as linguistic data, and also present visions of future developments.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    Wilma Bucci, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita, Derner Institute, Adelphi University; Co-Director of Research, Pacella Center, NYPSI; Visiting Professor in Psychoanalytic Research, University College, London; Faculty of International Psychoanalytical Association Research Training Programme; Visiting Professor, University of Bergamo, Italy; Honorary Member of APSaA, NYPSI and IPTAR.

    Bernard Maskit, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus, Mathematics Department, Stony Brook University and Chair, NYPSI IRB. He has published over 70 research articles in the areas of complex analysis and low dimensional topology and geometry, and maintains his interest in these fields along with his current research in psychology, including measure development and computer programming.

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guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •