Current Psychology

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 147–153 | Cite as

Thomas Verner Moore and the electronic road to the unconscious: A reminiscence

  • Nathaniel J. PalloneEmail author


A number of contemporary commentators and observers have urged a rapprochement between customary methods of psychoanalytic treatment and other modalities in order to shorten the traditional duration of “standard” psychoanalysis. In particular, adoption or adaptation of treatment modalities drawn from the repertoire of behavior therapy has been advocated. This note recalls that nearly 50 years ago the remarkable priest-psychologist-psychiatrist Thomas Verner Moore proposed in The Driving Forces of Human Nature and Their Adjustment, his capstone work, an “electronic road” to the unconscious via the psychogalvanometer as an alternate to the “royal road” of dream analysis and free association, attributing its development to von Stauffenberg, who demonstrated the technique in Munich between 1913-1915. By such reckoning, the union between psychoanalysis and the psychogalvanometer may be nearing its 85th anniversary.


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  1. 1.215 Smithers Hall, Center of Alcohol StudiesRutgers-The State University of New JerseyPiscataway

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