Summer course

Towards a better understanding of mental disorder:

exploring the common space between neurobiology and phenomenology

Fellowships until April 26

Mental disorder is one of the critical challenges of current medicine, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clinically treated by psychologists and psychiatrists and investigated by neuroscientists and philosophers, there is no agreement on either considering it as the product of brain malfunctioning or a global affectation of the person. Which one of these points of view is more adequate? Is mental illness a brain disorder or a pathology affecting the human being as a whole? This seminar course has four main goals: 1) Describe brain alterations in schizophrenia, dementia and addiction; 2) From an embodied-cognition perspective, explain these disorders as impairments of the person and their relationship with the environment; 3) Find the shared space where both views can contribute to a better understanding of mental illness; 4) Discuss the ethical issues arising from these viewpoints.



Javier Bernácer María
Javier Bernacer is the Scientific Director of the International Center of Neuroscience and Ethics (CINET) and research fellow in the Mind-Brain Group (Institute for Culture and Society, University of Navarra)

Miguel Ángel García Cabezas
Miguel Ángel García-Cabezas is a professor in the Department of Anatomy, Histology, and Neuroscience at the Autonomous University of Madrid

exploring the common space between neurobiology and phenomenology