Simulating the Mind

A Technical Neuropsychoanalytical Approach

  • Dietmar Dietrich
  • Georg Fodor
  • Gerhard Zucker
  • Dietmar Bruckner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 2-7
    3. Pages 7-36
    4. Pages 37-64
  3. Proceedings of Emulating the Mind (ENF 2007)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Brigitte Palensky, Etienne Barnard
      Pages 76-123
    3. Aaron Sloman
      Pages 124-177
    4. Peter Palensky, Brigitte Palensky, Andrea Clarici
      Pages 178-238
    5. Elisabeth Brainin, Gerhard Zucker
      Pages 239-259
    6. Anna Tmej
      Pages 260-273
  4. Responses to the ENF 2007

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 274-274
    2. Brit Müller
      Pages 275-277
    3. Mika Turkia
      Pages 277-415
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 416-436

About this book


Can psychoanalysis offer a new computer model? Can computer designers help psychoanalysts to understand their theory better?In contemporary publications human psyche is often related to neural networks. Why? The wiring in computers can also be related to application software. But does this really make sense?

Artificial Intelligence has tried to implement functions of human psyche. The reached achievements are remarkable; however, the goal to get a functional model of the mental apparatus was not reached. Was the selected direction incorrect?The editors are convinced: yes, and they try to give answers here. If one accepts that the brain is an information processing system, then one also has to accept that computer theories can be applied to the brain’s functions, the human mental apparatus.

The contributors of this book - Solms, Panksepp, Sloman and many others who are all experts in computer design, psychoanalysis and neurology are united in one goal: finding synergy in their interdisciplinary fields.


Design Freud artificial intelligence automation brain information processing intelligence multi-agent system neural networks neurology perception psychoanalysis robot robotics simulation

Editors and affiliations

  • Dietmar Dietrich
    • 1
  • Georg Fodor
    • 2
    • 3
  • Gerhard Zucker
    • 1
  • Dietmar Bruckner
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Computer TechnologyUniversity of ViennaAustria
  2. 2.Vienna Psychoanalytic SocietyAustria
  3. 3.University of Cape TownSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Vienna 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-211-09450-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-211-09451-8
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