What is Psychosocial and Cultural Genomics?

What is Psychosocial and Cultural Genomics? 2018-05-15T10:27:01+00:00

Psychosocial and Cultural Genomics is the essence of the art and science of counseling and psychotherapy that utilizes our natural 4-stage creative cycle for facilitating gene expression, brain plasticity and new consciousness to optimize problem solving in everyday life.

A careful reading of the history of psychology reveals that way back when it first was recognized as a new experimental science, a little more than a century ago, it was concerned with consciousness, the mind-body problem and even spiritualism. Psychology is focused with how life, consciousness, art, beauty and truth are experienced subjectively. The essence of Psychosocial and Cultural Genomics is learning to be more conscious about the nature of life and what it means to be human.

Life, of course, is made up of molecules, genes and the evolutionary dynamics of how consciousness, cultural and social processes interact with our DNA. Today this called epigenomics: how nature and nurture come together to create a good life from adventure, happiness and well-being to the challenge of stress and rehabilitation. This is the frontline of understanding health and the human condition today – how mind and consciousness talk with the world and our genes. That’s why we call it “Psychosocial and Cultural Genomics!”

Psychosocial and Cultural Genomics is a modern discipline rooted in studies carried out in Functional Genetics, Neuro-Physiology, Bio-informatics, Therapeutic Hypnosis and Mind-Body Psychotherapy (Rossi, 2002). 

The International Journal of Psychosocial Genomics

Psychosocial Genomics represents an integration of biological, cultural and psychological disciplines to further understand what it means to be human.. The underlying theory is based on the research pioneeered by Ernest L. Rossi PhD, an internationally known scientist and psychotherapist and his wife, Kathryn L. Rossi, PhD.  Both have dedicated their careers to identifying the underlying processes involved in Psychosocial and Cultural Genomics:Our genes operate as units that respond to a “top down” approach from mind to molecules in an individual to both his or her internal and external environments. This is in stark contrast to the medical model of “bottoms up” in typical research paradigms.  The structure, function and identity of every single human cell is shaped by the everyday interactions of that cell with its environment including ultradian time cycles, protein synthesis, behaviors, thoughts and gene expression that creates brain plasticity.

Research originating in Italy (Rossi, et al, 2008) found that Mind-Body Transformations Therapy (MBT-T) [previously known as the Creative Psychosocial Genomic Healing Experience (CPGHE)]. Further seminal research studies have been conducted at the University of Salerno in Italy lovingly nurtured by Mauro Cozzolino, PhD and Giovanna Celia, PhD.

Rossi, E., Iannotti, S., Cozzolino, M., Castiglione, S., Cicatelli, A. & Rossi, K.  (2008). A pilot study of positive expectations and focused attention via a new protocol for therapeutic hypnosis assessed with DNA microarrays: The creative psychosocial genomic healing experience.  Sleep and Hypnosis: An International Journal of Sleep, Dream, and Hypnosis, 10:2, 39-44.

Rossi ERossi K, Yount G, Cozzolino M & Iannotti S (2006).  The Bioinformatics of Integrative Medical Insights: Proposals for an International PsychoSocial and Cultural Bioinformatics Project.  Integrative Medicine Insights. Open Access on line.

Rossi E, Vyas B, Atkinson D, Iannotti S, Cozzolino M, Castiglione S, Cicatelli A, Vyas B,  Mortimer J, Hill R, Chovanec E, Chiamberlando A, Cuadros J, Virot C, Kerouac M, Kallfass T, Krippner S,Frederick C, Gregory B, Shaffran M, Bullock M, Soleimany E, Rossi A, Rossi K and Rossi E, (2010). What Makes Us Human? A Neuroscience Prolegomenon for the Philosophy of Evolution and Consciousness. Chapter 2 in The Philosophy of Evolution (Rana, UVS Srinivas K, Aery NC and Purohit AK (eds)). India: Yash Publishing House.Pp 15-38.

  • The Psychosocial Genomics Focus

Psychosocial Genomics aims to integrate the most recent knowledge in the fields of neuroscience, psychotherapy and genomics in order to explain how psychosocial experiences can modulate gene expression and brain plasticity to facilitate behavioral change at the molecular-genomic level.

  • Activities in Psychosocial Genomics

Psychosocial Genomics combines research, training and clinical activities with the aim both to translate findings in the field of psychosocial genomic research into effective models of clinical intervention, and to provide high qualified and innovative training courses in psychotherapy.

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