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Nersessian, E. Solms, M. Turnbull, O. Yovell, Y. (2004). Editors' Introduction. Neuropsychoanalysis, 6(2):131.

(2004). Neuropsychoanalysis, 6(2):131

Editors' Introduction

Edward Nersessian, Mark Solms, Oliver Turnbull and Yoram Yovell

This issue's Target Article, by Robert Shulman and Morton Reiser, is an investigation and reconsideration of research using functional imaging, and offering a link to psychoanalysis. The paper focuses especially on the question of how we might interpret the levels of baseline activity in the brain, in contrast to the incremental activity associated with specific reactions to perceptual events. As usual, the article is followed by a set of commentaries by neuroscientists and psychoanalysts, who discuss the technical details of the proposal as well as their relationship to broader theoretical questions.

In the Original Articles section we publish an empirical investigation by Claudio Colace on the dreams of addicts, as well as a historical investigation by Malcolm Macmillan considering possible links between Freud and the classic neurological case, Phineas Gage. The Ongoing Discussion section contains several responses to an article written by Mortimer Ostow in the 2004:1 issue of Neuro-Psychoanalysis.

We have also taken this opportunity, in a new section entitled Founders of Neuro-Psychoanalysis, to publish the first in what we hope will be an ongoing series of interviews with senior members of our field. Appropriately, the interview in this issue is with Dr. Ostow. The interview series aims to discuss with senior figures why they chose to work on the neuroscience/psychoanalysis boundary in an earlier era, when such an interest was deeply unfashionable. There is special focus on the many ways in which the field has changed since their initial interest, seeking also their opinion on why the field has flourished in recent years, as well as their comments on what they see as the longer-term future of neuro-psychoanalysis. We welcome suggestions from readers of the journal about which individuals might be suitable to be interviewed in the series.

As always, the issue concludes with the Book Review, Research Digest, and International Bulletin sections.

Finally, we announce that the annual Arnold Z. Pfeffer Prize for 2003 has been awarded to Jaak Panksepp, for his seminal work in the area of Affective Neuroscience, most notably on the anatomical and pharmacochemical basis of emotional consciousness.

The 2005:1 issue will be published in June 2005.

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