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Evolution in the brain, evolution in the mind: The hierarchical brain and the interface between psychoanalysis and neuroscience

Nascimento, LN (2017) 'Evolution in the brain, evolution in the mind: The hierarchical brain and the interface between psychoanalysis and neuroscience.' Psychoanalysis and History, 19 (3). 349 - 377. ISSN 1460-8235

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Abstract

© Edinburgh University Press. This article first aims to demonstrate the different ways the work of the English neurologist John Hughlings Jackson influenced Freud. It argues that these can be summarized in six points. It is further argued that the framework proposed by Jackson continued to be pursued by twentieth-century neuroscientists such as Papez, MacLean and Panksepp in terms of tripartite hierarchical evolutionary models. Finally, the account presented here aims to shed light on the analogies encountered by psychodynamically oriented neuroscientists, between contemporary accounts of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system on the one hand, and Freudian models of the mind on the other. These parallels, I will suggest, are not coincidental. They have a historical underpinning, as both accounts most likely originate from a common source: John Hughlings Jackson’s tripartite evolutionary hierarchical view of the brain.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0500 Psychoanalysis
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Leonardo Nascimento
Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 15:40
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 18:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19579

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