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Neuropsychoanalysis in Practice: Brain, Self and Objects

ISBN : 9780199599691

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¥19,228
Author: 
Georg Northoff
Pages
400 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
167 x 248 mm
Pub date
Jun 2011
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Is the Ego nothing but our brain? Are our mental and psychological states nothing but neuronal states of our brain? Though Sigmund Freud rejected a neuroscientific foundation for psychoanalysis, recent knowledge in neuroscience has provided novel insights into the brain and its neuronal mechanisms. This has also shed light on how the brain itself contributes to the differentiation between neuronal and psychological states. In Neuropsychoanalysis in Practice , Georg Northoff discusses the various neuronal mechanisms that may enable the transformation of neuronal into psychological states, looking at how these processes are altered in psychiatric disorders like depression and schizophrenia. He focuses specifically on how the brain is organized and how this organization enables the brain to differentiate between neuronal and psychodynamic states, that is, the brain and the psyche. This leads him to discuss not only empirical issues but also conceptual problems, for instance, the concept of the brain. Neuropsychoanalysis in Practice applies these concepts and mechanisms to explain the various symptoms observed in psychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. In addition to the empirical issues, he also discusses various conceptual and methodological issues that are relevant in linking neuroscience and psychoanalysis, developing a novel transdisciplinary framework for linking neuroscience, psychoanalysis and philosophy. This highly original new book will help foster new dialogues between neuroscience, psychoanalysis, and philosophy, and will be fascinating reading for anyone in these disciplines.

Index: 

Introduction
PART I: CONCEPTUAL EQUIPMENT
1. Transcendental Approach to the Brain
2. Unknowability and the Concept of the Brain
3. Neuropsychodynamic Iterativity as Transdisciplinary Methodology
PART II: NEURAL EQUIPMENT
4. Cathexis and the Energy of the Brain
5. Cathexis, Neural Coding and Mental States
6. Defense Mechanisms and Brain-Object and Brain-Self Differentiation
PART III: MENTAL EQUIPMENT
7. Narcissism and Self-objects as Universal Features of Human Existence and its Brain
8. Unconsciousness and the brain
9. The Self and its Brain
PART IV: DISORDERED EQUIPMENT
10. Depression and the Brain
11. Psychosis I: Psychodynamics and Phenomenology
12. Psychosis II : Neuropsychodynamic Hypotheses
Epilogue: The Beauty of Transdisciplinary Failure

About the author: 

Georg Northoff is a neuroscientist, psychiatrists and philosopher holding degrees in all three fields. Being an endowed chair at the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research/Canada, he is well known and internationally recognized as one of the leading proponents of interdisciplinary work at the intersection between neuroscience, psychiatry and philosophy. His empirical work focuses on brain imaging of the self while his more theoretical work aims to develop the disciplines of neuropsychoanalysis and neurophilosophy. He published several academic books and papers in the leading neuroscientific, psychiatric and philosophical journals. His most recent book The search for the Ego. A neurophilosophical mystery novel (Random House Germany) crosses the academic boundaries by addressing a wider audience.

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