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From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in Psychodynamic Neuroscience

ISBN : 9780199600526

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¥14,608
Author: 
Aikaterini Fotopoulou; Donald W. Pfaff; Martin A. Conway
Pages
506 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
177 x 248 mm
Pub date
May 2012
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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 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.

Index: 

INTRODUCTION
1. Background, Ethos and Content
2. The History and Progress of Neuropsychoanalysis
3. Towards a Psychodynamic Neuroscience
SECTION I: DRIVES AND MOTIVATION
4. Freudian Drive Theory Today
5. Generalised Brain Arousal Mechanisms and Other Biological, Environmental and Psychological Mechanisms that Contribute to Libido
6. Theoretical Challenges in Conceptualization of Motivation in Neuroscience: Implications for Bridging of Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis
7. Drive and Structure: Reconsidering Drive Theory within a Formalized Conception of Mental Processes
SECTION II: EMOTION
8. Freudian Affect Theory Today
9. A Meditation on the Affective Neuroscientific View of Human and Animalian MindBrains
10. Emotions in the Psychoanalytic Theory
11. Emotion and Delusion: Seeking Common Ground Between Neuroscience and the Psychotherapies
SECTION III: CONSCIOUS AND UNCONSCIOUS PROCESSES
12. The Freudian Unconscious Today
13. Free-energy and Freud: an Update
14. Psychoanalysis, Representation, and Neuroscience: the Freudian Unconscious and the Bayesian Brain
15. What is the Unconscious? A Novel Taxonomy of Psychoanalytic, Psychological, Neuroscientific and Philosophical Concepts
16. The Lexicographer's Nightmare
17. Unconscious Fantasy and Schema: A Comparison of Concepts
SECTION IV: MECHANISMS OF COGNITIVE CONTROL
18. On Unconscious Inhibition: Instantiating Repression in the Brain
19. From Dynamic to Behavioral Lesions: The Relative Merits and Caveats of Elucidating Psychoanalysis with Brain Imaging
20. From Freud to Neuroimaging: Hypnosis as a Common Thread
21. Great Escapes: Psychological Forms of Amnesia
22. Memory and the Self
SECTION V: THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SELF: EMBODIED AND SOCIAL COGNITION
23. The Multidimensional Construct of Mentalization and its Relevance to Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder
24. Sense of 'Sameness' as Foundations of Infants' Embodied Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity
25. Identification: The Concept and the Phenomenon
26. The Sense of Agency in Health and Disease: The Contribution of Cognitive Neuroscience in Understanding Self Consciousness

About the author: 

Aikaterini Fotopoulou, Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK; Donald Pfaff, Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior, The Rockefeller University, New York, N.Y., USA; Martin A. Conway, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Psychology Department, City University, London, UK

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