On the Frontiers of Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience

Essays in Honor of Eric R. Kandel

Edited by Edith Laufer
Foreword by Mark Solms
Afterword by Joseph LeDoux

March 14, 2013
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152 Pages

Building crucial bridges between psychoanalysis and the neurosciences, this compelling volume brings together prominent authorities from multiple disciplines. The volume highlights the contributions of Eric R. Kandel, whose seminal articles helped launch the fledgling field of neuropsychoanalysis. Contributors address what contemporary neuroscientific research reveals about how psychoanalytic techniques work and why they are effective. Also examined are ways in which psychoanalysis can contribute to scientific explorations of the mind. Each chapter is followed by a thoughtful response. This material was originally published as a special issue of The Psychoanalytic Review (Vol. 99, No. 4, 2012), editor, Alan J. Barnett, PhD.

Table of Contents

Correspondence between Eric R. Kandel and the Editor

Foreword, Mark Solms

Preface, Edith Laufer


Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience and the Unconscious Self, Arnold H. Modell

Response, David Olds

A Contribution Toward a Science of Psychoanalysis, Howard Shevrin

Response, Arnold H. Modell

Biological Underpinnings of the Cognitive Model of Depression: A Prototype for Psychoanalytic Research, Aaron T. Beck, Emily A. P. Haigh and Kari F. Baber

Response, Margaret R. Zellner

How Memory Works, Including Some Comments on the Implicit Memory (Cerebellum/Basal Ganglia) System: The Highest-Level Discriminative System of Mind/Brain, Fred M. Levin

Response, Alan J. Barnett

Towards a Materialist Metapsychology: Major Operating Principles of the Brain Provide a Blueprint for a Fundamentally Psychodynamic Infrastructure, Margaret R. Zellner

Response, Howard Shevrin


Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis: A Natural Alliance, Antonio Damasio

Afterword, Joseph LeDoux

About the Editor

Edith Laufer, PhD, is a board member and training analyst at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP). She is Director of the Neuropsychoanalytic Clinical Study Center of NPAP and is in private practice in New York City.


Kari F. Baber, PhD, is on the clinical faculty at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and is Assistant Professor at Jefferson Medical College.

Alan J. Barnett, PhD, is a member of the faculty and a training and supervising analyst at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP).

Aaron T. Beck, MD, is University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Antonio Damasio, MD, PhD, is University Professor; David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Neurology; and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California.

Emily A. P. Haigh, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.

Edith Laufer, PhD, is a board member and training analyst at NPAP and Director of the Neuropsychoanalytic Clinical Study Center of NPAP.

Joseph LeDoux, PhD, is Professor of Neural Science at New York University and Director of the Emotional Brain Institute involving NYU and the Nathan Kline Institute.

Fred M. Levin, MD, is Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Arnold H. Modell, MD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

David Olds, MD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Howard Shevrin, PhD, is Professor Emeritus (Active) of Psychology in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Michigan.

Margaret R. Zellner, PhD, LP, is a licensed psychoanalyst in private practice in New York.


Practitioners and trainees in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy; researchers in neuroscience, clinical psychology, and psychiatry.