The Psychic Apparatus, Metapsychology, and Neuroscience: Toward Biological (Neuro)Psychoanalysis

  title={The Psychic Apparatus, Metapsychology, and Neuroscience: Toward Biological (Neuro)Psychoanalysis},
  author={Vesa Talvitie and Juhani Ihanus},
  pages={85 - 98}
The scope and limits of neuropsychoanalysis are studied through the concept of the “psychic apparatus.” This is a central concept in psychoanalytic thinking, but neither Freud nor present-day neuropsychoanalysts have been able to tell whether or not it refers to a neural “thing.” The authors argue that it refers not only to the brain, but also to personal history, the dynamics of mental states, and their possible repressive functions. Thus, it cannot be reduced to neurophysiology. On the… 

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