In this lecture, Professor Mark Solms briefly outlined some theoretical innovations arising from neuropsychoanalytic research, and then discussed the implications for our understanding of the aims and mode of action of psychotherapy, with special emphasis on our understanding of repression, transference and working through.
Professor Mark Solms (PhD Neuropsychology, MA Neuropsychology, BA(hons) Applied Psychology, BA Psychology) is Director of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital. He is a psychoanalyst trained at the Institute of Psychoanalyis (London). He is the recipient of numerous prizes and honours. He has published 350 articles in neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals and has authored eight books. The Brain and the Inner World was translated into 13 languages. His collected papers were published recently as The Feeling Brain (2018).
He is the editor and translator of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 volumes) and Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 volumes).
Currently his main scientific focus is the brain mechanisms of consciousness and the implications of these mechanisms for the understanding and treatment of psychopathology. See Solms (2013) 'The conscious id' Neuropsychoananalysis; Solms (2017) 'What is the unconscious and where is it located in the brain? Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences; Solms & Friston (2018) 'How and why consciousness arises' J Consciousness Studies 25: 202-238.