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Taubner, S. Buchheim, A. Rudyk, R. Kächele, H. Bruns, G. (2012). How Does Neurobiological Research Influence Psychoanalytic Treatments?—Clinical Observations and Reflections from a Study on the Interface of Clinical Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience. Am. J. Psychoanal., 72(3):269-286.

(2012). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 72(3):269-286

How Does Neurobiological Research Influence Psychoanalytic Treatments?—Clinical Observations and Reflections from a Study on the Interface of Clinical Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience

Svenja Taubner, Ph.D., Anna Buchheim, Ph.D., Roman Rudyk, Horst Kächele, M.D., Ph.D. and Georg Bruns, M.D., Ph.D.

One of the counterarguments against empirical research in psychoanalysis is that research negatively influences the treatment situation. In this paper, the impact of a neurobiological study on psychoanalytically oriented treatments is presented from three different perspectives: patients' views, a study group of participating psychoanalysts and a clinical case example. Twenty chronically depressed patients, 20 healthy controls and 16 psychoanalysts participated in the project on research. Results show a clear influence of the neurobiological study on the course of treatments. Patients consistently reported that study participation had a positive impact on their treatment experiences. However, study participation was conflictual for the psychoanalysts and forced them to carefully reflect on their unconscious and conscious involvement to establish a psychoanalytic stance independent from empirical research.

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