J Korean Soc Biol Psychiatry.  2002 Dec;9(2):79-94.

Neurobiological Mechanism of Psychotherapy

  • 1Department of Neuropsychiatry, Ilsanpaik hospital, College of Medicine, Inje University, Koyang, Korea.
  • 2Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea. shyan@lcumc.or.kr


Polarisation of biological and psychosocial aspects of psychiatry is nowadays main stream. Current knowledges of the interaction between biology and psychology make it possible to consider a truly integrative approach of the two aspects. Research findings suggest that the neuronal plasticity is the key mechanism to answer how the mental function work to an environmental stimuli and how the psychotherapeutic approach work on the brain. Advances in neuroscience research have led to a more sophisticated understanding of how psychotherapy may affect brain function. Even though there have been a tremendous efforts to find out the neurobiological mechanism of mental function, the answer is at best premature. In this article, research findings about of neuronal plasticity, implicit memory, animal studies which were associated with psychotherapy and psychological aspects were reviewed.

Full Text Links
export Copy
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
Similar articles
Copyright © 2021 by Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors. All rights reserved.     E-mail: koreamed@kamje.or.kr