The emerging dialogue between psychoanalysis and neuroscience: Neuroimaging perspectives

Manfred E. Beutel, Emily Stern, David A. Silbersweig

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Abstract

Current progress in the cognitive neurosciences is highly relevant to the development of psychoanalytic theory and practice. Neuroscience is today becoming mature enough to provide empirical biological approaches for the investigation of psychoanalytic models and observations. The current state of functional neuroimaging techniques is reviewed, selected paradigms and findings relevant to psychotherapy research are presented, and ways to pursue the dialogue between psychoanalysts and neuroscientists are discussed, as are some related obstacles and pitfalls. The emerging dialogue between psychoanalysts and neuroscientists may help not only to reestablish a solid position of psychodynamic theory and treatment in contemporary medicine, but also to bridge the division between "psychological" and "somatic" treatments, and gain important insights into the mind-brain relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)773-801
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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