WCRT5 Plenary Lectures


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Plenary Lecture I- 05/10/2014- 20:30 to 21:30 hours


Julio Fernando Prieto Peres, PhD

The Brain - before and after psychotherapy

Neuroimaging studies have highlighted important issues related to structural and functional brain changes found in sufferers of psychological trauma that may influence their ability to synthesize, categorize, and integrate traumatic memories. The psychopathological signs of trauma are not static over time, nor is the expression of traumatic memories. Neural circuitry interaction is a crucial aspect in the development of a psychotherapeutic approach that may favor an integrative translation of the sensory fragments of the traumatic memory into a declarative memory system.The relationship between recent neuroimaging findings and psychological approaches will be discussed for greater efficacy in the treatment of psychologically traumatized patients.

Julio Fernando Prieto Peres is a neuroscientist and a psychologist with twenty years of clinical experience. As a clinician-researcher, he combines psychology with neuroscience and develops his interest in the neurobiological consequences of psychotherapy, having used functional neuroimaging to show the cerebral effects of subjective processing mediated by psychotherapy as part of his doctorate and two postdoctoral programs. Julio earned a PhD in Neuroscience and Behavior from the Institute of Psychology at Universidade de São Paulo, and post-doctorates in Diagnostic Imaging from the University of Pennsylvania and Escola Paulista de Medicina, Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). His published work includes papers on reincarnation & psychotherapy, trauma, PTSD, resilience, coping, religiousness, spirituality, and functional neuroimaging. In addition to his research at the Institute of Psychiatry at Universidade de São Paulo, he is the professor in charge of Clinical Psychotraumatology training for doctors and psychologists at Hospital Pérola Byington.



Plenary Lecture II– 06/10/2014 – 18 to 19 hours

Jim B. Tucker MD

Birthmarks and Children’s Memories of Past Lives

Researchers at the University of Virginia have studied young children’s reports of past-life memories for over 50 years. The children usually describe a recent, ordinary life, and many of them have given enough details so that one particular deceased individual has been identified to match the child’s statements. Along with the statements, a number of the children have birthmarks or even birth defects that match wounds, usually the fatal wounds, on the body of the previous person. This review provides an overview of the phenomenon, with a particular focus on the birthmark cases.

Jim B. Tucker, M.D. is Bonner-Lowry Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is continuing the work of Dr. Ian Stevenson at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies with children who report memories of previous lives. A board-certified child psychiatrist, Dr. Tucker worked with Dr. Stevenson for several years before taking over the research upon Dr. Stevenson’s retirement in 2002. He is the author of “Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives” (St. Martin’s, 2005).

Plenary Lecture III - 8/10/2014 18 to 19 hours

Mario Simoes M.D. 
Consciousness-Body-Consciousness: Sensitive Interactions.

The author shall begin with an approach to Consciousness definitions. Afterwards shall be given some examples how the body can change consciousness and as well the opposite. In this context some questions not yet completely understood, concerning these sensitive interactions, like NDE, dreams, etc., shall be briefly addressed.


Mário Simões, holds both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychiatry. He is a Professor of Psychiatry and the Sciences of Consciousness in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Lisbon. He is also the director of post-graduate Courses in Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis at the same faculty, member of the Organizing Committee of the Symposia “Behind and Beyond the Brain” of the Bial Foundation of Porto, Portugal. His professional and scientific interests include psychopathology of consciousness, altered states of consciousness and experimental parapsychology.

Plenary Debate: - 7/10/2014 18 to 19 hour

How Mind and Body Interact?

Modrerator: Andy Tomlinson (U.K.)

Panel members: Jim Tucker (USA), Julio Perez (Brazil), Mario Simoes (Portugal), Hans TenDam (Netherlands).

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