Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience

  • Mauro Mancia

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Introduction: How the Neurosciences Can Contribute to Psychoanalysis

  3. Memories and Emotions

  4. The Shared Emotions

  5. The Dream

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Michael C. Anderson
      Pages 327-349
    3. Claudio L. Bassetti, Mathias Bischof, Philipp Valko
      Pages 351-387
  6. The Fetus and the Newborn

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 433-436

About this book


The most recent scientific studies have brought a significant contribution to the understanding of basic mental functions such as memory, dreams, identification, repression, which constitute the basis of the psychoanalytical theory. As a matter of fact, numerous neuroscientific observations in recent years have laid the ground for hypotheses on the neurological organization of mental functions that are fundamental to psychoanalytical theory; the discovery of the implicit memory has extended Freud’s concept of the unconscious (1915) and highlighted the unrepressed unconscious connected particularly to experiences of the primary relation, stored in the implicit memory.

The book focuses  on the possibility of interactions between psychoanalysis and neuroscience - i.e., emotions and the right hemisphere, serotonin and depression - and will be a unique tool not only for for professionals and students working in these fields, but also for operators of allied disciplines, such as psychology and psychotherapy.


Affect Anxiety Depression brain cortex emotion interaction memory neurophysiology neuroscience physiology psychoanalysis psychology psychotherapy therapy

Editors and affiliations

  • Mauro Mancia
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Human Physiology IIUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Italia 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Milano
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-88-470-0334-7
  • Online ISBN 978-88-470-0550-1
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