In the Mind Fields: Explor­ing the New Sci­ence of Neuropsychoanalysis

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May 20, 2015

As part of a pio­neer­ing pro­gram to unite the dis­ci­plines of psy­cho­analy­sis and neu­ro­science, Casey Schwartz spent 2006 immersed in the mas­ter­works of psy­cho­an­a­lyt­ic the­o­ry at the Anna Freud Cen­tre in Lon­don and 2007 study­ing the brain among Yale’s cut­ting-edge neu­ro­sci­en­tists. She came away with a clear pic­ture of the dis­tance between the two fields: while neu­ro­science is lack­ing in atten­tion to the lived expe­ri­ence of the indi­vid­ual, psy­cho­analy­sis is often too ephemer­al, arbi­trary, and sub­jec­tive. Armed with this aware­ness, Schwartz set out to study the main play­ers in the ongo­ing strug­gle to rec­on­cile these dis­ci­plines. In the Mind Fields is the prod­uct of her rig­or­ous study and her remark­able access to the lives and work of sev­er­al pio­neers in the bud­ding field of neu­ropsy­cho­analy­sis. Ulti­mate­ly, she presents us with a tren­chant argu­ment for the mold­ing of the cul­ture of psy­chi­a­try into a hybrid shape that will allow the two approach­es to thrive together.

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