Suggested Readings in the History of Neuropsychoanalysis
The evolution of neuropsychoanalysis as an interdisciplinary field has already taken a fascinating journey. Its development has been spearheaded by pioneering researchers and clinicians, developing intriguing hypotheses and sometimes generating groundbreaking, as well as controversial, insights.
The paths travelled in bringing the world of subjective experience into dialogue with neuroscientific disciplines are many. This reading list features work that has considered the theoretical, social, and scientific implications of the numerous branches of our multidisciplinary endeavor. These readings are relevant to anyone interested in understanding what neuropsychoanalysis is, what subject matter it involves, and how it has influenced contemporary understandings in psychoanalysis and various neuroscientific disciplines.
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Fotopoulou, A., Pfaff, D., & Conway, M.A. (2012). From the couch to the lab: Trends in psychodynamic neuroscience. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Schwartz, C. (2015). In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis. New York: Pantheon Books.
Journal articles and book chapters
Blass, R. B., & Carmeli, Z. V. I. (2007). The case against neuropsychoanalysis: On fallacies underlying psychoanalysis’ latest scientific trend and its negative impact on psychoanalytic discourse. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 88, 19-40. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1516/6NCA-A4MA-MFQ7-0JTJ/abstract
Bazan, A. (2011). The grand challenge for psychoanalysis – and neuropsychoanalysis: taking on the game. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, 220. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.
Fotopoulou, A. (2012). The history and progress of neuropsychoanalysis. In: A. Fotopoulou, D. Pfaff, & M.A. Conway (Eds.), From the couch to the lab: Trends in psychodynamic neuroscience (pp. 12-24). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. http://www.amazon.com/From-Couch-Lab-Psychodynamic-Neuroscience/dp/019960052X
Northoff, G. (2012). Psychoanalysis and the brain – why did Freud abandon neuroscience? Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 71. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.
Yovell, Y., Solms, M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2015). The case for neuropsychoanalysis: Why a dialogue with neuroscience is necessary but not sufficient for psychoanalysis. The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. http://doi.org/10.1111/1745-
Solms, M. (2004). Freud Returns. Scientific American, 290, 82-88. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/freud-returns/
Solms, M., & Turnbull, O.H. (2011). What Is Neuropsychoanalysis? Neuropsychoanalysis, 13, 133-145. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15294145.2011.10773670
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