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Carole Brooks Platt

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Research interests

dissociation; right hemisphere; origins of dissociative poetic genius in childhood trauma and/or atypical lateralization along with positive parental influences.Anomalous perception

About

Carole Brooks Platt, Ph.D., is a linguist, literary critic, and consciousness researcher educated at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Paris (Sorbonne), Georgetown University and Rice University. The theme of other voices, other selves manifested early with her study of André Breton’s surrealistic encounters in Nadja, Flaubert’s novel on the voices and visions of St. Anthony and conflicting mythic voices in three women writers in French: Anne Hébert, Marguerite Yourcenar, and Lucette Desvignes. She has worked on the French Desk and in Public Affairs at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., and taught French language and literature for more than twenty years. In 2004, she left academia to research and write full-time. In addition to her previous academic writing, she has published articles on other voices, other selves in Keats and Hugo and the creation of divine voice. Her current research uses neuroscience and the role of childhood trauma in right-hemispheric dissociative voice as well as empathic, unconscious contact between patients and therapists as a means to wellness. Her book, In Their Right Minds: The Lives and Shared Practices of Poetic Geniuses (Imprint Academic, August 2015), brings together nearly twenty years of research in neuroscience, attachment theory and poetry to explain the dissociative creative process in great poets, including William Blake, John Keats, Victor Hugo, Rilke, W.B. Yeats, James Merrill, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. All of these poets, with the exception of Keats, held paranormal beliefs and used occult practices to access creativity. Carole regularly attends the Science of Consciousness Conference in Tucson, AZ. She has presented her research there, as well as at poetry events and in other academic settings. Her work was originally informed by Julian Jaynes's theory on the hallucinatory origins of poetry and prophecy in the right hemisphere of the brain. She was an invited speaker at the Julian Jaynes Conference in Charleston, WV, in 2013; and, more recently, at a private symposium on "Further Reaches of the Imagination II" at the Esalen Center for Research and Theory in Big Sur, CA, Nov 1-6, 2015. She has been invited to speak at the Poetry by the Sea global conference in Madison, CT, May 2016. She blogs at rightmindmatters.blogspot.com and regularly updates links to new neuroscientific research on hemispheric differences, atypical lateralization and handedness at https://www.facebook.com/RightMindMatters.

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Publications (5)

  • "The Right Mind of Sylvia Plath: Magic, Myth and Metamorphosis"

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  • "The Father, the Mother, and the Other: The Case of James Merrill"

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  • "Voices from the Other Side:Neuroscience, Attachment Theory and the Creative Self"

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  • "The Medium and the Matrix: Unconscious Information and the Therapeutic Dyad"

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  • "Presence, Poetry and the Collaborative Right Hemisphere"

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Education history

Ph.D.

Rice University

September 1984 - May 1989(5 years)

M.S.

Georgetown University

September 1972 - May 1975(3 years)

Diplôme annuel

University of Paris, Sorbonne

October 1969 - May 1970(7 months)

A.B. cum laude

Unviersity of Pennsylvania

September 1965 - May 1969(4 years)