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A thought experiment reconciling neuroscience and psychoanalysis.

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A thought experiment reconciling neuroscience and psychoanalysis.

J Physiol Paris. 2011 Dec;105(4-6):201-6

Authors: Falissard B

Abstract
Thought experiments have a long tradition in science. The thought experiment proposed in this article designs a brain that is compatible with a conceptual framework that integrates neuroscience and psychoanalysis. A connectionist model with emergent collective computational abilities is modified progressively and gradually to retrieve concepts such as the following: life instinct, the death instinct, the conscious, the preconscious, the unconscious, the free-association method, parapraxis, repetitive compulsion, repression, self, other, and “I”. In this model, the process of memorisation is represented by a neural network with deep depressions, the bottoms of which correspond to learned configurations known as “attractors”. This thought experiment could be helpful in suggesting new formulations of traditional psychoanalytic and neuroscientific constructs.

PMID: 21864680 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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