From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in Neuropsychoanalysis

Hardcover | August 17, 2012

EditorAikaterini Fotopoulou, Donald Pfaff, Martin A. Conway

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Can the psychodynamics of the mind be correlated with neurodynamic processes in the brain? The book revisits this important question - one that scientists and psychoanalysts have been asking for more than a century. Freud envisioned that the separation between the two approaches was just a temporary limitation that future scientific progress would overcome. Yet, only recently have scientific developments shown that he was right. Technological and methodological innovations in neuroscience allow unprecedentedinsight into the neurobiological basis of topics such as empathy, embodiment and emotional conflict. As these domains have traditionally been the preserve of psychoanalysis and other fields within the humanities, rapprochement between disciplines seems more important than ever. Recent advances inneurodynamics and computational neuroscience also reveal richer and more dynamic brain-mind relations than those previously sketched by cognitive sciences. Are we therefore ready to correlate some neuroscientific concepts with psychoanalytic ones? Can the two disciplines share a common conceptualframework despite their different epistemological perspectives? The book brings together internationally renowned contributors from the fields of Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience and Neuro-psychoanalysis to address these questions. The volume is organised in five clear sections, Motivation; Emotion; Conscious and Unconscious Processes; Cognitive Control; and Development of the Self. With a range of chapters written by leading figures in their fields, it gives the reader a strong flavour of how much has already been achievedbetween the disciplines and how much more lies ahead. This important new book reveals the intrinsic challenges and tensions of this interdisciplinary endeavour and emphasises the need for a shared language and new emerging fields such as Psychodynamic Neuroscience.

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Can the psychodynamics of the mind be correlated with neurodynamic processes in the brain? The book revisits this important question - one that scientists and psychoanalysts have been asking for more than a century. Freud envisioned that the separation between the two approaches was just a temporary limitation that future scientific p...

Aikaterini Fotopoulou is Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, UK; Donald Pfaff is with the Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior at The Rockefeller University in New York, N.Y., USA and Martin A. Conway is with the Institute of Psychological Sciences at the Un...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pagesPublished:August 17, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019960052X

ISBN - 13:9780199600526

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Aikaterini Fotopoulou: Introduction: Background, Ethos and Content2. Aikaterini Fotopoulou: The History and Progress of Neuropsychoanalysis3. Aikaterini Fotopoulou: Towards a Psychodynamic NeuroscienceDrives and Motivation4. Mark Solms and Margaret R. Zellner: Freudian Drive Theory today5. Donald W. Pfaff and Helen E.Fisher: Generalised Brain Arousal Mechanisms and Other Biological, Environmental and Psychological Mechanisms that contribute to Libido6. Douglas F. Watt: Theoretical Challenges in Conceptualization of Motivation in Neuroscience: Implications for Bridging of Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis7. Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau: Drive and Structure: Reconsidering Drive Theory within a Formalized Conception of Mental Processes.Emotion8. Mark Solms: Freudian Affect Theory Today9. Jaak Panksepp and Lucy Biven: A Meditation on the Affective Neuroscientific View of Human and Animalian MindBrains10. Jorge Canestri: Emotion in the Psychoanalytic Theory11. Oliver Turnbull and Victoria E, Lovett: Emotion and Delusion: Seeking Common Ground between Neuroscience and the PsychotherapiesConscious and Unconscious Processes12. Mark Solms and Margaret R. Zellner: The Freudian Unconscious Today13. Robin L. Cathard- Harris and Karl J. Friston: Free-energy and Freud: an update14. Jim Hopkins: Psychoanalysis, representation, and neuroscience: the Freudian unconscious and the Bayesian brain15. Georg Northoff: What is the unconscious? A Novel Taxonomy of Psychoanalytic, Psychological, Neuroscientific and Philosophical Concepts16. Lois Oppenheim: The Lexicographer's Nightmare17. Ellen Rees: Unconscious Fantasy and Schema: A Comparison of ConceptsMechanisms of Cognitive Control18. Ariane Bazan and Michael Snodgrass: On Unconscious Inhibition: Instantiating Repression in the Brain19. Amir Raz and Joanna B. Wolfson: From Dynamic to Behavioral Lesions: The Relative Merits and Caveats of Elucidating Psychoanalysis with Brain Imaging20. David A Oakley: From Freud to Neuroimaging: Hypnosis as a Common Thread21. Michael Kopelman and Federica Corno: Great Escapes: Psychological Forms of Amnesia22. Paul M. Jenkinson and Martin A. Conway: Memory and the SelfThe Development of the Self: Embodied and Social Cognition23. Peter Fonagy and Patrick Luyten: The Multidimensional Construct of Mentalization and its Relevance to Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder24. Phillipe Rochat: Sense of "sameness" as Foundations of Infants Embodied Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity25. David Olds: Identification: The Concept and the Phenomenon26. Marc Jeannerod: The Sense of Agency in Health and Disease: The Contribution of Cognitive Neuroscience in Understanding Self Consciousness

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