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Psychoanalysis and Cognitive Science
A Multiple Code Theory



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ISBN 9781572302136
Published August 26, 1997 by Guilford Press
362 Pages

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Book Description

This work reviews the historical role of theory in psychoanalysis and explores the factors dividing cognitive science and psychoanalysis. Chartin g a path through Freud's ideas about the psyche, the volume points out the inconsistencies in his theories that have drawn psychoanalysis away from the scientific approach. Also reviewed is discourse on the metapsychology that has arisen since Freud's time. Introducing current work in cognitive psychology, the book examines research with relevance to a psychoanalytic model, including work in Emotions, Child Development And Neuroscience.

Table of Contents

Introduction - bridging the great divide. Part I "Reconstruction" of the metapsychology - the roots: Freud's abstract models of the physical apparatus; the metapsychology, the clinical theory, and the psychoanalytic method; the role of empirical research; networks of the mind - toward a psychological model for psychoanalysis. Part II Components of the multiple code theory - current research: the architecture of cognition - symbolic and subsymbolic processing; multiplicity of systems - evidence from the functional distinctions in Specific Sensory Systems; Emotion And Cognition - A New Integration; The infant's cognitive and emotional world; multiple coding on the neuropsychological level - laterlization and modularity of function. Part III The multiple code theory and the referential cycle: basic concepts of The Multiple Code Theory; The Emotion Schemas And Their Vicissitudes; linking feelings and words - the referential cycle; the referential cycle in free association; the referential cycle on fantasies and dreams; the multiple code theory and metapsychology; empirical studies of the analytic process; notes concerning the psychoanalytic research agenda. Last words - 1 - the Tower of Babel - 2 - the dead man's tale.

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