The Society


Zoological drawing from a letter Freud wrote from Trieste
to Eduard Silberfstein, 5th April 1876

The International Neuropsychoanalysis Society (a registered non-profit organisation, incorporated in Delaware, USA) was founded in London, in July 2000, to promote inter-disciplinary work between the fields of psychoanalysis and neuroscience.

The co-chairs of the Society are Mark Solms – a psychoanalyst and neuropsychologist - and Jaak Panksepp - a neuroscientist working in the field of emotion.

The Society has a worldwide membership of around 600, mainly associated with some 25 Regional and Specialist Groups (principally in Europe, North and South America). Maggie Zellner, a psychoanalyst in New York, is Regional Liaison Officer. Click here to join the Society.

In addition, the Society runs 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. View subscription rates for the journal.

The Society also organises 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 in: 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? The 2010 Congress held in Seattle on 23-26 July was on the subject of Play.  The following year, 2011, the Congress was held in Berlin on the topic of Minding the Body.  The Athens Congress in June 2012 was on Craving, Caring and Clinging; the 2013 Congress in August 2013 was on Clinical Applications of Neuropsychoanalysis.  The 2014 Congress on 24-27 July 2014 will be on Neuropsychoanalytic Research.

Society members receive discounts on the Congress fees.

Reasonably priced material relating to the congresses is available for sale. Please click here to see what is on offer.

The International Neuropsychoanalysis Centre in London (a subsidiary of the Neuropsychoanalysis Fund, a registered UK charity) is the administrative arm of the Society.

NB: Please note that the Society is not a credentialing nor qualifying organisation, and members are discouraged from using membership status for promotional purposes.

Illustration from From Neurology to Psychoanalysis: Sigmund Freud's Neurological Drawings and Diagrams of the Mind by Lynn Gamwell and Mark Solms

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