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The International Neuropsychoanalysis Society was founded in London, in July 2000, to promote interdisciplinary work between the fields of psychoanalysis and neuroscience.
The Society was founded to provide a forum for clinicians and scientists who think it is important for psychoanalysts and neuroscientists to speak together, to educate each other, and to work together, because we are studying the same thing.
Increasingly, the activities of the Society have reduced the “taboo” of speaking the languages of neuroscience and psychoanalysis to each other. As our congresses and publications have received greater attention, young scientists and clinicians have been able to integrate brain and mind early in their careers, leading to enriched contributions to the clinical and experimental literature.
The co-chairs of the Society are Mark Solms – a psychoanalyst and neuropsychologist – and Cristina Alberini, a neuroscientist based at NYU, who is also trained in psychoanalysis. The late Jaak Panksepp, a pioneer in affective neuroscience, was the first co-chair. The Society secretary is Nikolai Axmacher (a neuroscientist based at Rurh University Bochum, in Germany), and the Treasurer is Irith Raveh Barzel, a psychoanalyst based in Israel. The European Liaison officer is Ariane Bazan (a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst teaching and conducting research in Belgium, and editor of Frontiers in Psychoanalysis and Neuropsychoanalysis); for Mexico and South America it is Daniela Flores Mosri (a psychologist teaching in Mexico City); and the North American Liaison officer is Richard Kessler (a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and neuropsychoanalytic educator in New York City).
With hundreds of members around the world, the Society is also linked with over forty on every continent except Antarctica — with groups in almost every European country, from Eastern Europe to Scandinavia; Turkey; Israel; South Africa; Japan; several countries in Latin America; and all of North America. Maria Sonia Goergen, a pediatric neurologist in Porto Alegre, Brazil, is Regional Liaison Officer.
In addition, the Society produces a scientific and scholarly journal, Neuropsychoanalysis, published twice a year, presenting empirical and theoretical papers of relevance to the field, book reviews and reports on the work of the Society’s Regional Groups. The journal editor is Maggie Zellner; the journal is published by Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group. Individual subscriptions are available directly through Taylor and Francis (for details click here), although both online access and print copies are less expensive with Society membership.
The Society organizes an annual Congress on topics of mutual interest to psychoanalysis and the neurosciences. Our first congress was in London 2000 on Emotion and was followed by annual congresses:
- New York 2001 on Memory
- Stockholm 2002 on Sexuality and Gender
- New York 2003 on The Unconscious
- Rome 2004 on The Right Hemisphere
- Rio de Janeiro in July 2005 on Dreams and Psychosis
- Los Angeles in 2006 on Object Relations
- Vienna 2007 on Depression
- Montreal 2008 on The Self in Conflict
- Paris in 2009 on the question Neuropsychoanalysis: Who needs it?
- Seattle in 2010 on the subject of Play
- Berlin in 2011 on the topic of Minding the Body
- Athens in 2012 on Craving, Caring and Clinging
- Cape Town in 2013 on Clinical Applications of Neuropsychoanalysis
- New York City in 2014 on Current Neuropsychoanalytic Research
- Amsterdam in 2015 on Repetition and Plasticity
- Chicago in 2016 on Other Minds
- London in 2017 on the topic of Compulsion to Predict
Our next congress will be in late August 2018, in Mexico City, on “Repression and Defence”. Further details will be posted soon! Society members receive discounts on the Congress fees and other benefits.
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The affairs of the Society are managed by the Neuropsychoanalysis Centre in London (a subsidiary of the Neuropsychoanalysis Fund, a registered UK charity). Please note that the Society is not a credentialing nor qualifying organization, and members are not permitted to use their membership status for promotional purposes.