Beyond the Brain Conference

Beyond the Brain Conference

Academic Conference at the University of Edinburgh on Reconceptualizing Mental Disorders

Programme and Conference Videos

Thank you for your interest in our conference, and for attending or speaking, for those of you who did! We’ve uploaded video recordings of all of the speakers who consented to being recorded (a few for various reasons did not consent to being recorded, nor in the interests of maximum speaker candor did we record the round-table).

May 9


08:30-09:15   Registration


09:15-09:30   Welcome & Introductory Talk

09:30-10:30   Mark Sprevak, University of Edinburgh:

                            Brain Disorders Versus Mental Disorders

10:30-11:30   Sam Wilkinson, University of Exeter:

                            What Are We Doing When We Call Someone Mentally Ill?

11:30-12:30   Lunch Break

12:30-13:30   Peggy Seriès, University of Edinburgh:

                            The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry

13:30-14:15   Short Presentations:

                           David Findlay: Psychopharmacology and Medical Models in Psychiatry

                           Carolina Trujillo: Conceptualizing ‘Depression’ from an Applied Behavior Analysis Standpoint

                           Anna Marta Sveisberga: We Are Mind Feeling Each Other – Embodied Attunement as the Basis for Affective Social Cognition

                           Harriet Fagerberg: ‘Brain Disorder’: A List of Things It Need Not Entail

14:15-14:45   Coffee Break and Poster Presentation:

                           Sabina Wantoch: The Interpersonal Root of Psychosis: Using Phenomenology to Illuminate a Predictive Processing Account

14:45-15:45   Joel Krueger, University of Exeter:

                            Mental Institutions, Habits of Mind, and an Extended Approach to Autism

15:45-16:45   Ricardo de Pascual Verdú, European University of Madrid:

                            Radical Behaviourism: Very Much Alive, Thank You


May 10


09:00-10:00   Stephen Lawrie, University of Edinburgh:

                            Getting Beyond Needless and Unhelpful Controversy About Mental Illness to What Really Matters

10:00-11:00   Víctor Estal Muñoz, Autonomous University of Madrid:

                            Good Morning and Welcome to a Behaviorist Clinic: I Am Going To Be Your Therapist

11:00-12:00   Mark Miller, University of Edinburgh:

                            Embodying Addiction: a Predictive Processing Account

12:00-13:00   Lunch Break

13:00-13:30   Short Presentations:

                          Eleanor Byrne: The Distinction Between Psychiatric and Somatic Illness as a Conceptual Restriction on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

                          Miguel Núñez de Prado Gordillo: Towards an Anti-Descriptivist Account of Delusions and Hallucinations

                          Jenny Wu: The Source of Normativity Problem for Developmental-Learning Model of Addiction

13:30-14:30   Anneli Jefferson, University of Birmingham:

                            Responsible Agency and Mental Disorder — What Role for the Brain?

14:30-15:00   Coffee Break and Poster Presentation:

                          Sabina Wantoch: The Interpersonal Root of Psychosis: Using Phenomenology to Illuminate a Predictive Processing Account

15:00-16:30   Round Table:

                           Beyond the Brain: Consequences for Research and Clinical Practice

16:30-16:45   Closing Talk



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