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By Mark Solms, James Rose

Neuropsychoanalysis is the quickest becoming region inside psychoanalysis, offering a bridge among "classic" psychoanalysis and the neurological sciences. This booklet presents an obtainable creation to the sector via a range of papers via one among its best figures. It contains papers at the theoretical and philosophical foundations of neuropsychoanalysis, medical papers at the mind mechanisms of dreaming and cognizance, the applying of neuropsychoanalysis in psychiatry and neurology, and scientific case stories.

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115–122. indb 40 03/06/2015 11:48:36 what is the “mind”? 41 analytic approach to this question? The engineering colleagues to whom I am responding (Dietrich, Fodor, Kastner, & Ulieru, 2007) enthusiastically adopt the psychoanalytic approach, but they do not tell us why they have turned specifically to this approach to the mind. 3. Freud (1923a [1922]) says that the psychoanalytic approach consists in three things: it is a therapy for treating mental disorders, a theory about the mind and its workings, and a method for investigating those workings.

I later realized (in analysis, as it happens) that I also had a more personal reason for wanting to understand these aspects of the brain. When I was 4 years old, my 6-year-old brother sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of falling from a clubhouse roof while our parents were yachting. Needless to say, this dramatically altered the course of his life as well as the lives of all of us in the family. No doubt this event, and its painful sequelae, impressed upon me in a most direct way the real profundity of the link between mind and brain, between person and brain.

But still my frustrations at the limitations of the discipline grew. This was the origin of my interest in psychoanalysis. A friend in the philosophy department—of all things—suggested that I attend a seminar on Freud’s “Project for a Scientific Psychology” (1950 [1895]). I remember well the mixed feelings I had in that seminar. It felt as if I were committing treason. But I quickly learned why I was there. indb 37 03/06/2015 11:48:36 38 the feeling brain science. He seemed to be a truth-loving researcher who, when confronted with the enormous difficulties implied by the very idea of a “science of subjectivity”, decided that his methods had to be adapted to this subject matter, rather than the other way round.

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