First day of the APA convention, Toronto, Thursday, August 6

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The first slot of the first day, this symposium was very well attended:
Anisah B. Bagasra, M.A., Saybrook Doctoral Student
Paper: Muslim Americans’ Beliefs and Attitudes Regarding Mental Health Issues
Symposium: Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Religion
Division(s): 36, 17, 19, 45

In the first two-hour slot and also very well attended:
Symposium: Existential–Humanistic Therapy Comes of Age
Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumnus and Faculty Member and Orah Krug, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumna
Kirk’s Paper: Contextual Factors in the Promotion of Therapeutic Depth: An Illustration
Orah’s Paper: Case Study Highlighting Contextual Factors in an E-H Therapy
Kirk was also symposium chair.

The next session:
Dana Klisanin, Ph.D. Saybrook Alumna
Symposium: The Internet—A Pathway for Networking, Connecting, and Addictions
Paper: Changing Social Norms: Altruism and the Internet

Phew, by this point, I am running out of breath. The Toronto Convention Center is way big.
The next presentation: Eugene Taylor, Ph.D. Saybrook Faculty Member
Susan Gordon, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumna was the chair and Stan Krippner, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty Member was the Discussant
Symposium: Neurophenomenology and the Enactive Approach to Cognition
Eugene’s Paper: Déjà-Vu: William James on “The Brain and the Mind”–1878

Next on the list is Steve Pritzker, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty Member, presenter and symposium chair, with Ruth Richards, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty Member as the Discussant.
Symposium: New Ideas About Creativity and Education From K to PhD
Steve’s Paper: Does Studying Creativity Improve Students Perception of Their Professional and Personal Creative Ability?

I missed another presentation by Steve and wish I hadn’t, it was probably a lot of fun:
Symposium: Humor
Steve’s Paper: Comedians and Comedy Writing

Finally, there was a follow-up session on the Neurophenomenology and the Enactive Approach to Cognition symposium in the Humanistic Psychology Hospitality Suite, and Stan Krippner, Susan Gordon, Eugene Taylor, Benjamin Elliot, and I were present, along with several other interested persons. It was a very interesting discussion with a lot of attention centered on the possibility that phenomenology might be a “first person” approach to the validation of neurophenomenological considerations.

I am off to a Invited Address by Ruth Richards, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty Member, who will be receiving the Arnheim Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

All best for now,

George Aiken, Ph.D.
Saybrook Director of Alumni Affairs