Modern Neuroscience and Freud Event

Modern Neuroscience and Freud

The Association for Psychoanalytic Thought (APT) is pleased to present “Modern Neuroscience and Freud” at 7PM on Friday, March 21st, 2014, at the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, 3001 Highland Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219.

Konstantin Bakhurin of the systems/computational neuroscience laboratory at UCLA will discuss learning-dependent modulation and potential neurological correlates for past experience influencing present behavior; this is a possible model for understanding Freud’s ID, EGO, and SUPER-EGO as  ‘residing’ in the brain as an effect of its organization and interacting function.

Marcia Kaplan, Institute Faculty Member, Board certified in psychiatry and psychoanalysis, Board eligible in neurology, and practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, will discuss findings involving firing of single neurons correlating with psychoanalytic models explaining behavior and information – processing in “bottom-up” and “top-down” ways by both brain and mind.

Please RSVP early by calling 513-515-6836 or by emailing

Gabriele Dillmann and Christian Faur from Denison University will digitally capture this event and the institute will make it available on their website. A link will be posted here as well.

If you cannot attend but wish to participate with questions or comments, please submit these to me via email and I will post them here. 

Question from Kurt Grahnke, Denison University (submitted March 19th via email from Germany)

Although Freud did have a background in neurology, when he was developing his psychoanalytic theory, he did not intend for his models of the psyche to have neuroanatomical correlates. What sorts of problems do you run into when trying to map models of the psyche onto models of the brain, with the psyche having a different ontological nature than the brain? What benefits can be derived from doing so? – Perhaps a more holistic way of understanding behavior, specifically neurotic behavior?

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