Research Foundations of the Pragmatic/Experiential Method:

Advances from Neuroscience


Atkinson, B. (2004).  Altered states: Why insight itself isn’t enough for lasting change.  Psychotherapy Networker, 28(5), 43-45, 67.


Atkinson, B. (2001). Brain to brain: New ways to help couples avoid relapse. Psychotherapy Networker, 26(5), July/August, 38-45, 64.


Atkinson, B. (1999). The emotional imperative: Psychotherapists cannot afford to ignore the primacy of the limbic brain. Family Therapy Networker. 23(4),  July August, 22-33. .


Atkinson, B. (2013).  Mindfulness training and the cultivation of secure, satisfying couple relationships. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. 2(2), 73-94.


Atkinson, B. (2011). Supplementing Couples Therapy with Methods for Rewiring Emotional Habits.  Family Therapy Magazine.  Alexandria, VA: The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 10(3), 28-32.


Atkinson, B., Atkinson, L., Kutz, P., Lata, J., Wittmann Lata, K., & Szekely, J. (2005c). Rewiring neural states in couples therapy: Advances from Affective Neuroscience. Journal of Systemic Therapies.24-3), 3-13.


Damasio, A. R.(1994). Descarte’s error: Emotion, reason and the human brain. New York: Grosset/Putnam.


Dispensa, J. (2012).  Breaking the habit of being yourself:  How to lose your mind and create a new one.  Carlsbad, CA:  Hay House, Inc.


Davidson, R. (2012).  The emotional life of your brain.  New York:  Hudson Street Press.


Eagleman, D. (2011).  Incognito: The secret lives of the brain.  New York:  Pantheon Books.


Hanson, R. (2013).  Hardwiring happiness:  The new brain science of contentment, calm and confidence.  New York:  Harmony Books.


LeDoux, J. (1996). The emotional brain: The mysterious underpinnings of emotional life. 


Panksepp, J. (1998). Affective neuroscience: The foundations of human and animal emotions . New York: Oxford University Press.


Panksepp, J. & Biven, L (2012).  The archaeology of mind: Neuroevolutionary origins of human emotions.  New York:  W.W. Norton.


Siegel, D. (1999). The developing mind: Toward a neurobiology of interpersonal experience. New York: Guilford.


Siegel, D. (2007).  The mindful brain:  Reflection and attunement in the cultivation of well-being.  New York:  W.W. Norton.


Williams, M., & Penman, D. (2012).  Mindfulness:  An Eight Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World. Emmaus, Pennsylvania:  Rodale Books.