What is neuropsychoanalysis? Clinically relevant studies of the minded brain

First paragraph of this paper: Neuropsychoanalysis seeks to understand the human mind, especially as it relates to first-person experience. It recognizes the essential role of neuroscience in such quests. However, unlike most branches of neuroscience, it positions mind and brain on an equal footing. It recognizes that the mammalian brain is not only an information processing device for behavior, but also the fount of the dynamics that is called ‘mind’, from joyous and sad feelings to banal cognitions and idiosyncratic flights of fancy. It is impossible to explain complex behaviors without reference to neural networks that mediate subjective mental events: that is, the causal effects of thoughts and feelings.

First paragraph of this paper: Neuropsychoanalysis seeks to understand the human mind, especially as it relates to first-person experience. It recognizes the essential role of neuroscience in such quests. However, unlike most branches of neuroscience, it positions mind and brain on an equal footing. It recognizes that the mammalian brain is not only an information processing device for behavior, but also the fount of the dynamics that is called ‘mind’, from joyous and sad feelings to banal cognitions and idiosyncratic flights of fancy. It is impossible to explain complex behaviors without reference to neural networks that mediate subjective mental events: that is, the causal effects of thoughts and feelings.

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