Neuropsychoanalysis Around the World
An online meeting hosted by the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society
Saturday, 11 July and Sunday, 12 July 2020
5 p.m.-9 p.m. (Central Europe, CET)
11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Eastern U.S.)
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The International Neuropsychoanalysis Society has postponed its Congress in Puerto Rico until 2022 (dates to be announced) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The topic for next year’s Congress remains Neuropsychoanalysis: Implications for Clinical Technique.
This year, instead of a Congress, the Society will be hosting an online, interactive meeting featuring lectures, breakout sessions, and more.
Keynote talks by the Co-Chairs of the Society
The Oedipus Complex Today
Freud believed that the Oedipus complex activates a constellation of (unconscious) phylogenetic memories, passed down to us not through Darwinian natural selection but rather through Lamarckian inheritance of acquired characteristics. To make matters worse from the biological point of view, he seems to have assumed that these inherited memories were what we would nowadays call ‘episodic’: that is, first-person recollections of lived events. In this talk, drawing upon knowledge from contemporary affective neuroscience, I will provide a more biologically plausible account of the Oedipus complex.
The Dynamic Nature of Memory Processes and their Roles in Therapeutic Processes
Memory is a fundamental function for our survival; it defines an ensemble of complex processesthat comprise the total of what we remember and gives us the ability to learn and adapt from previous experiences. Memory is of central importance in both psychoanalytic theories and psychotherapeutic interventions. Its multiple roles in psychoanalysis have been widely discussed since Freud’s times; yet, its mechanisms and processes have remained very poorly understood until recently. Contrary to the historical beliefs that memory processes are “fixed”, recent neurobiological studies have begun to reveal that they are highly dynamic. This knowledge suggests that we have to develop a new view about memories and their underlying mechanisms, and how they contribute and regulate identity. We will discuss these recent studies to re-think how memory processes are conceptualized in psychoanalysis and contribute to psychoanalytic interventions.
Panel presentations on
cutting-edge neuropsychoanalytic work:
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