19 de dezembro de 2007

Connection between psychoanalysis and neuroscience - Book and Video

One of the more recent developments in psychoanalysis outside of the Lacanian orientation is the interest in a connection between psychoanalysis and neuroscience. For my part, I have tended to believe that the two are rather incompatible domains, with different logics associated with their practice and different ethical orientations. Our colleague in the WAP, however, François Ansermet (psychoanalyst and psychiatrist, Chief of Child Psychiatry at the University of Geneva) and the neuroscientist Pierre Magistretti have just published a book which argues for an area of intersection between the two fields, which they articulate through the concept of neural plasticity. This is now available in English from Other Press.
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Other Press is pleased to announce the publication of


By François Ansermet and Pierre Magistretti

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“On the surface psychoanalysis and neuroscience could not appear more different. The approach, the vocabulary, and the investigative tools seem too far apart. But under that surface, however, they share a subject and a purpose. In Biology of Freedom, François Ansermet and Pierre Magistretti, a psychoanalyst and a neuroscientist, deal with differences and similarities richly and thoughtfully. In the process they open the way for a fruitful dialogue between two indispensable disciplines. ” —Antonio Damasio, author of Descartes’ Error, The Feeling of What Happens, and Looking for Spinoza

“This book is both informative and groundbreaking. It enriches basic cognitive and affective neuroscience with the deep and intelligent theoretical sophistication of French psychoanalysis.” —Mark Solms, Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis, New York Psychoanalytic Institute

This fully illustrated account, rigorous yet lucid and entirely accessible, shows how the plasticity of the brain’s neural network allows for successive inscriptions, transcriptions, and retranscriptions of experience, leading to the constitution of an inner reality, an unconscious psychic life unique to each individual. In what amounts to a paradigm shift based on the concept of plasticity, this elegant, seamless collaboration of a psychoanalyst and a neuroscientist bridges the gap between disciplines formerly believed to be incompatible. Ansermet and Magistretti have opened up new areas of exploration of the mind/body connection and profoundly new ways in which to understand the bodily underpinnings of personal freedom, identity, and change.

François Ansermet is a psychoanalyst, professor, and head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the School of Medicine at the University of Geneva. He is a member of the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP).

Pierre Magistretti is a professor of neuroscience, Co-director of the Brain Mind Institute of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL) in Lausanne, and Director of the Center for Psychiatric Neurosciences at the Centres Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois and the University of Lausanne. He holds the International Chair 2007-2008 at the Collège de France, Paris. He has served as the president of the European Federation of Neuroscience Societies (FENS).

9781590512227 / Paperback / 192 pages / List Price: $29.00 / Discount Price: $23.00

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"Roundtable discussion featuring Christina Alberini, Francois Ansermet, Pierre Magistretti, Edward Nersessian, Donald Pfaff, and Daniel Schechter"

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