What would be the benefits of a collaboration between psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience? The opinion of a neuroscientist
From Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 23 August 2013| doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00475
“Cognitive neuroscience is a rather young discipline. It was developed in the 1980’s and has been strongly linked to the advancement of neuroimaging techniques…The main goal of this discipline is to understand the functioning of the human brain/psyche…Of importance, at the moment, this discipline does not provide a consensual and comprehensive theory of the human mind. It has, nevertheless, demonstrated that neuroscientific results can help to shape psychological theories or to disentangle between psychological theories…Psychoanalysis is considered by many scientists as an unscientific, an thus untrustworthy discipline. Psychoanalysis needs then to improve its credibility. A collaboration with a scientific discipline such as cognitive neuroscience could certainly help to achieve this aim…A current weakness of cognitive neuroscience is to ignore some important brain/mind properties/characteristics…. A collaboration with psychoanalysis, which could be considered as a “science” of singularity, appears then providential to help finding solutions to address private issues in cognitive neuroscience…”
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