Prof Oliver Turnbull is a neuropsychologist, with an interest in emotion and its many
consequences for mental life. He is also a clinician, whose work is with patients with
neurological lesions, especially those who have suffered cerebro-vascular accident (stroke) and
traumatic brain injury.
His scientific interests include: (i) emotion-based learning, including the
experience that we describe as 'intuition' (ii) the role of emotion in delusional beliefs, especially
in neurological patients (iii) the neuroscience of psychotherapy (iv) the management and
control of emotion, often called emotion regulation(v) emotional memory, and its preservation
even in profound amnesia.
He is the author of roughly 150 publications on these topics, and (together with Mark
Solms) is the co-author of the popular science book 'The Brain and the Inner World' (now
translated into 11 languages). For many years, he was the Editor of the interdisciplinary
journal Neuropsychoanalysis, and Secretary of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society
The Israeli Neuropsychoanalysis Society Is honored to open its large group meeting on the subject: Critical Periods in Brain Development: Historical and