Exploring Neuro-Psychoanalysis with Prof. Mark Solms

4 08 2012

Here is a very interesting interview with my of my most favorite researchers in the Neuroseicne field, Prof. Mark Solms. Enjoy!


Affective Neuroscience

1 03 2012

Affective neuroscience is an interdisciplinary research field which combines neuroscience with the psychological study of personality, emotion, and mood and is aimed to study the neural mechanisms of emotions.

One of the most influential researchers in this field is Jaak Panksepp (I had the privilige to hear his lecture in his last visit in Israel) that wrote the book Affective Neuroscience; one of the most important contributions to understanding the biology of emotions since Darwins The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. This book provides information about the brain-operating systems that organize the fundamental emotional tendencies of all mammals. Presenting complex material in a readable manner, the book offers a comprehensive summary of the fundamental neural sources of human and animal feelings, as well as a conceptual framework for studying emotional systems of the brain.

Given that this book was  published more a decade ago (a new book is in the oven..), here is a more up-to-date presentation of Panksepp approach on Affective Neuroscience. Enjoy!


21 02 2012

Following the previous post, here is an approach to understand the mind-body link. This approach, among others (that will be mentioned in future posts) may also provide an alternative to the term “mental illness”.

Panksepp & Solmsm, the founders of the Neuropsychoanalysis (NPA) approach, argue that NPA seeks to understand the human mind, especially as it relates to first-person experience while recognizing the essential role of neuroscience in such quests. However, unlike most branches of neuroscience, it positions mind and brain on an equal footing. It recognizes that the mammalian brain is not only an information processing device for behavior, but also the fount of the dynamics that is called mind, from joyous and sad feelings to banal cognitions and idiosyncratic flights of fancy. That is to say, it is impossible to explain complex behaviors without reference to neural networks that mediate subjective mental events: that is, the causal effects of thoughts and feelings.

Neuropsychoanalysis emerged during the 1990s as a response to the need to reconcile psychoanalytic and neuroscientific perspectives on the mind, with the goal of yielding a better understanding of the basic emotional foundations of psychiatric disorders, in the hope of promoting better nosology and therapeutics.

For more information click HERE and HERE