What is Neuropsychoanalysis?

Arnold Pfeffer Centre


Recently characterized by Georg Northoff as “the nodal point between philosophy and the neurosciences”, neuropsychoanalysis is a rapidly developing new interdisciplinary research field, combing research from psychoanalysis, cognitive and affective neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, psychopharmacology and attachment research, bridging the gap between biological and psycho-social perspectives and providing a fresh approach to the ancient problem of the relation between mind and body. It is leading a renewed interest in the findings of psychoanalysis from experimental researchers in psychology and the neurosciences, and is allowing many of the seemingly untestable claims of the former to be put to the test for the first time. Current research include topics such as emotion, memory, dreams, psychosis, depression, anxiety, attachment, neurological and psychological disorders, consciousness and the unconscious. Neuropsychoanalysis aims to be a bridge between various disciplines and to encourage dialogue between neuroscientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychoanalysts and all others concerned with the living mind/brain.

For a good introduction to neuropsychoanalysis download the audio lecture: Mark Solms - Sigmund Freud Today or watch the video. See also the free online book: Lynn Gamwell and Mark Solms: From Neurology to Psychoanalysis: Sigmund Freud's Neurological Drawings and Diagrams of the Mind. See also Mark Solms: The Interpretation of Dreams and the Neurosciences, Psychoanalysis and the Brain and Mauro Mancia: Memory and Unconscious: From Freud to Us (How the Neuroscience can Contribute to psychoanalysis) (2006)

Mark Solms: Sigmund Freud Today (2006)

Neuropsychoanalysis - Where Mind Meets Brain - Mark Solms and Yoram Yovell

Mark Solms, Yoram Yovell: Neuropsychoanalysis - Where Mind Meets Brain (2007)