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WELCOME TO THE INTERNATIONAL NEUROPSYCHOANALYSIS CENTRE,

THE INTERNATIONAL NEUROPSYCHOANALYSIS SOCIETY AND

THE JOURNAL NEUROPSYCHOANALYSIS

"...every psychological theory, apart from what it achieves from the point of view of natural science, must fulfil yet another major requirement. It should explain to us what we are aware of, in the most puzzling fashion, through our 'consciousness' and, since this consciousness knows nothing of what we have so far been assuming - quantities and neurones - it should explain this lack of knowledge to us as well."

WHAT IS NEUROPSYCHOANALYSIS?

"Freud, in his 1895 'Project for a Scientific Psychology', attempted to join the emerging discipline of psychoanalysis with the neuroscience of his time. But that was a hundred years ago, when the neuron had only just been described, and Freud was forced - through lack of pertinent knowledge - to abandon his project. We have had to wait many decades before the sort of data which Freud needed finally became available. Now, these many years later, contemporary neuroscience allows for the resumption of the search for correlations between these two disciplines".
- Arnold Z. Pfeffer

Neuroscientists have begun to investigate various topics that have traditionally been the preserve of psychoanalysts, which has produced an explosion of new insights into numerous problems of vital interest to psychoanalysis.

Because neuroscientists are tackling these complex psychological problems for the first time, they have much to learn from a century of psychoanalytic inquiry. A need for sustained scientific rapprochement between researchers and clinicians is essential to learn about and enhance each other's perspectives and knowledge on matters of mutual interest.

Read the article What is Neuropsychoanalysis? which appeared in our journal Neuropsychoanalysis in 2011 (13/2).

 


The image above is taken from the first page of Freud's (1895) Project for a Scientific Psychology, which he famously referred to as 'Psychology for Neurologists'. Reproduced courtesy of A.W. Freud et al., by arrangement with Paterson Marsh Ltd.

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