Psychoanalysis has been in dire need of a more consistent theory informed by the wealth of findings in cognitive science that help to answer questions about how the mind works. In this book, psychoanalytic researcher Wilma Bucci shows how the investigation of mental processes can be integrated with psychoanalytic theory and presents a coherent model of the mind--termed "multiple code" theory. Clinically grounded and empirically based, this book offers a thought-provoking reconceptualization of psychoanalytic theory.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Bridging the Great Divide
I. "Reconstruction" of the Metapsychology: The Roots
1. Freud's Abstract Models of the Psychical Apparatus
2. The Metapsychology, the Clinical Theory, and the Psychoanalytic Method
3. The Role of Empirical Research
4. Networks of the Mind: Toward a Psychological Model for Psychoanalysis
II. Components of the Multiple Code Theory: Current Research
5. The Architecture of Cognition: Symbolic and Subsymbolic Processing
6. Multiplicity of Systems: Evidence from the Functional Approach
7. Functional Distinctions in Specific Sensory Systems
8. Emotion and Cognition: A New Integration
9. The Infant's Cognitive and Emotional World
10. Multiple Coding on the Neurophysiological Level: Lateralization and Modularity of Function
III. The Multiple Code Theory and the Referential Cycle
11. Basic Concepts of the Multiple Code Theory
12. The Emotion Schemas and their Vicissitudes
13. Linking Feelings and Words: The Referential Cycle
14. The Referential Cycle in Free Association
15. The Referential Cycle in Fantasies and Dreams
16. The Multiple Code Theory and the Metapsychology
17. Empirical Studies of the Analytic Process
18. Notes Concerning the Psychoanalytic Research Agenda
1. The Tower of Babel
2. The Dead Man's Tale
"This volume is cogent, informed, and clearly written. It is a powerful antidote to the prevalent skepticism regarding the possibility of establishing psychoanalytic theory upon a scientific model of the mind."
-The Psychoanalytic Quarterly
"...a remarkable book that succeeds in linking psychoanalytic theory both to the world of cognitive science and to empirical research on psychoanalyt ic treatment....There are few books that, at one and the same time, remain faithful to the concrete realities of psychoanalysis and are able to integrate it into the larger world of theories of mind. This is such a book. For anyone interested in psychoanalysis, this book is a must read.'"
-Morris Eagle, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University; Past- President, Division of Psychology, American Psychological Association
"This well-written, often provocative book should provide a foundation for productive and long overdue exchanges between clinicians and cognitive scientists."
-Daniel L. Schacter, PhD, Professor and Chair of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Searching for Memory: The Brain, The Mind, and The Past.
from the publisher's website