Jesus Mario Serna Vazquez

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Complex Systems Summer School 2016

Jesus Mario Serna Vazquez

University Denis-Diderot, Paris 7, Sorbonne-cité, Center for Research in Psychoanalysis, Medicine and Society (France)

Clinical psychologist, Masters in Social studies, Body and Culture, standing member of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences. My Master in research was on the subject of Freudian Overdetermination in the light of the scientific revolutions brought on by Complex Systems and Chaos, in addition to Ilya Prigogine’s contributions.

I have been doing clinical work in institutions and private practice since 2007, and have also worked on the field of prevention, doing harm reduction talks and workshops, as well as statistics. I have spoken publicly (radio and television, public gatherings and seminars) and have presented scientific communications on my research around the world (so far in France, Australia and Mexico).

Research interests
My research interests aim at integrating dynamical and complex systems’ views in psychology (epistemology-wise as well as in clinical practice). I particularly focus on fractals and their relation to psychoanalysis and psychic phenomena in clinical settings, but also taking into account neuroscience, sociology, linguistics and behavior. Outside of traditional human sciences, I have focused on fractals, attractors, self-similarity, nodes, dissipative systems, phase transitions and feedback loops. This multidisciplinary approach sheds light on clinical treatment, repetition, symptoms, projection, bodily manifestations and psychopathological structures such as autism, psychosis, neurosis and their relation to the culture they are engrained in.

Current Research
I am currently doing my PH.D. at the Center for Research in Psychoanalysis, Medicine and Society at the University of Paris 7, Sorbonne-Cité, Denis-Diderot. My focus is on Fractals and the Psyche; repetition, structure and self-similarity. This research contributes to clinical, as well as epistemological aspects in the field of psychology. Fractals seem to be a key to understanding repetitive symptoms and maladaptive response systems, crucial factors for the efficiency of therapy. On the other hand, I strive to integrate recent developments of complex systems, chaos theory, and specifically fractal geometry in my field. Some efforts to explore this multidisciplinary junction have already been explored around the world with promising results, but it seems we have just seen the tip of the iceberg in a field where there is still much to do. Keywords: Fractals, Psychology, Psychoanalysis, Clinical Psychology, Dynamical and Complex Systems, Multiple Determination, Autism, Repetition and Self-similarity, Social Studies, Culture.