Pioneering thinkers such as Freud and Jung believed there was much to learn from the unconscious and expanded the field of psychology by studying unconscious impulses and desires. Today, there is broad scientific consensus that the majority of mental processes take place below the level of conscious awareness.

A new generation of neuroscientists and psychotherapists is beginning to unlock the secrets of the unconscious, a mysterious realm that impacts virtually every aspect of our lives, stimulating our desires, forging our dreams, sparking our insights, and even animating our transcendent and spiritual experiences.

In this three-part series moderated by Steve Paulson, leading scientists and scholars probe the frontiers of neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and psychotherapy as they seek to better understand the workings of the unconscious mind and gain insight into the fascinating world of our undiscovered self.


Delving Within: The New Science of the Unconscious
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

What is the relationship between conscious awareness and the unconscious mind? Psychologist and psychoanalyst Efrat Ginot and Psychiatrist George Makari join forces to shed light on the latest insights into the fascinating and still emerging science of the unconscious. Learn More


Dreaming: A Gateway to the Unconscious?
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Where do our dreams originate from, and what do they tell us? Psychologists and sleep specialists Deirdre Leigh Barrett, Kelly Bulkeley, and Rubin Naiman examine dreams from a variety of perspectives, including how they might be interpreted and even directed in some cases. Learn More


The Deeper Self: An Expanded View of Consciousness
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Neuroscientist David Eagleman, writer Siri Hustvedt, psychologist Sonu Shamdasani, and neuropsychologist Mark Solms tackle everything from the varieties of noetic experience and the role of intuition to the phenomenon of peak experience and Jung’s concept of the “collective unconscious.” Learn More

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