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From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in 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 progress would overcome. Yet, only recently have scientific developments shown that he was right. Technological and methodological innovations in ...

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Overview


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 unprecedented insight 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 in neurodynamics 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 conceptual framework 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 achieved between 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199600526
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/2012
  • Pages: 476
  • Sales rank: 1,288,359
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Introduction: Background, Ethos and Content, Aikaterini Fotopoulou
2. The History and Progress of Neuropsychoanalysis, Aikaterini Fotopoulou
3. Towards a Psychodynamic Neuroscience, Aikaterini Fotopoulou
Drives and Motivation
4. Freudian Drive Theory today, Mark Solms and Margaret R. Zellner
5. Generalised Brain Arousal Mechanisms and Other Biological, Environmental and Psychological Mechanisms that contribute to Libido, Donald W. Pfaff and Helen E.Fisher
6. Theoretical Challenges in Conceptualization of Motivation in Neuroscience: Implications for Bridging of Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis, Douglas F. Watt
7. Drive and Structure: Reconsidering Drive Theory within a Formalized Conception of Mental Processes., Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau
Emotion
8. Freudian Affect Theory Today, Mark Solms
9. A Meditation on the Affective Neuroscientific View of Human and Animalian MindBrains, Jaak Panksepp and Lucy Biven
10. Emotion in the Psychoanalytic Theory, Jorge Canestri
11. Emotion and Delusion: Seeking Common Ground between Neuroscience and the Psychotherapies, Oliver Turnbull and Victoria E, Lovett
Conscious and Unconscious Processes
12. The Freudian Unconscious Today, Mark Solms and Margaret R. Zellner
13. Free-energy and Freud: an update, Robin L. Cathard- Harris and Karl J. Friston
14. Psychoanalysis, representation, and neuroscience: the Freudian unconscious and the Bayesian brain, Jim Hopkins
15. What is the unconscious? A Novel Taxonomy of Psychoanalytic, Psychological, Neuroscientific and Philosophical Concepts, Georg Northoff
16. The Lexicographer's Nightmare, Lois Oppenheim
17. Unconscious Fantasy and Schema: A Comparison of Concepts, Ellen Rees
Mechanisms of Cognitive Control
18. On Unconscious Inhibition: Instantiating Repression in the Brain, Ariane Bazan and Michael Snodgrass
19. From Dynamic to Behavioral Lesions: The Relative Merits and Caveats of Elucidating Psychoanalysis with Brain Imaging, Amir Raz and Joanna B. Wolfson
20. From Freud to Neuroimaging: Hypnosis as a Common Thread, David A Oakley
21. Great Escapes: Psychological Forms of Amnesia, Michael Kopelman and Federica Corno
22. Memory and the Self, Paul M. Jenkinson and Martin A. Conway
The Development of the Self: Embodied and Social Cognition
23. The Multidimensional Construct of Mentalization and its Relevance to Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder, Peter Fonagy and Patrick Luyten
24. Sense of "sameness" as Foundations of Infants Embodied Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity, Phillipe Rochat
25. Identification: The Concept and the Phenomenon, David Olds
26. The Sense of Agency in Health and Disease: The Contribution of Cognitive Neuroscience in Understanding Self Consciousness, Marc Jeannerod

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