What is Neuro-psychoanalysis?
Neuropsychoanalysis explores the interface between neurobiological knowledge and psychoanalytic theories of the human mind.
Neuropsychoanalysis explores the interface between neurobiological knowledge and psychoanalytic theories of the human mind. As neuroscience maps the brain, from molecules to networks, a common ground has emerged between fields which were separated for too long, exploring the duality between the mind and body. Now, with advances in technology that give us a window on an active brain, we can link brain processes with psychoanalytic concepts – ideas that emphasize the deep unconscious layers of the mind, the central role of emotions, affective emotional regulation & processing and interpersonal relations in mental life, and the importance of fantasy and mental representations.
Neuroscience is rapidly expanding our understanding of the neural circuits involved with conscious and unconscious processes, motivation, emotion, self-regulation, memory, interpersonal relations, and more. As we bring these domains together, neuropsychoanalysis illuminates how the mind is organized at the deepest levels can inform and enrich brain exploration – and vice versa.
How do we use Neuropsychoanlaysis in Clinical Practice?
When we think about the unconscious mind, repression and the traditional theories which are Freudian neuropsychoanalysis is key to helping uncover memory networks that may need healing and more importantly reconstructing.
Paige Swanson will be helping in research studies in neuropsychoanalysis with Mark Belt, MD in a program they’re developing for anxiety and anxiety relief.
Paige Swanson Supervised by Delisa Deutsch
Paige Swanson is a psychoanalyst who specializes in mood disorders, disordered eating and trauma.