Sigmund Freud-early network theories of the brain.

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Sigmund Freud-early network theories of the brain.

Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2018 06;160(6):1235-1242

Authors: Surbeck W, Killeen T, Vetter J, Hildebrandt G

Since the early days of modern neuroscience, psychological models of brain function have been a key component in the development of new knowledge. These models aim to provide a framework that allows the integration of discoveries derived from the fundamental disciplines of neuroscience, including anatomy and physiology, as well as clinical neurology and psychiatry. During the initial stages of his career, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), became actively involved in these nascent fields with a burgeoning interest in functional neuroanatomy. In contrast to his contemporaries, Freud was convinced that cognition could not be localised to separate modules and that the brain processes cognition not in a merely serial manner but in a parallel and dynamic fashion-anticipating fundamental aspects of current network theories of brain function. This article aims to shed light on Freud’s seminal, yet oft-overlooked, early work on functional neuroanatomy and his reasons for finally abandoning the conventional neuroscientific “brain-based” reference frame in order to conceptualise the mind from a purely psychological perspective.

PMID: 29589121 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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