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Matthis, I. (2004). Bulletin of the International Neuro-Psychoanalysis Society. Neuropsychoanalysis, 6(2):227.

(2004). Neuropsychoanalysis, 6(2):227

Bulletin of the International Neuro-Psychoanalysis Society

Iréne Matthis

Bulletin 11: Introduction

As you will find in this report, many groups are moving on to large projects, while others are struggling along with difficulties, including finding financial support for their research projects.

From some groups I have received short messages, which I summarize here. Beatrice W. Smirnow writes from Washington D.C. about their four-year-old study group on “Brain Science and Psychoanalysis.” During the past year they have formed a joint group of the Washington Psychoanalytic and Baltimore-Washington Psychoanalytic Institutes. They have studied several authors who have written on the development of affective structures, including Panksepp, Schore, and Watt. Their discussions have led them to the question they plan to study during the 2004-2005 academic year: How does psychotherapy change the brain? They also hope to have some neuroscientists join the group.

The group in Vienna, under the leadership of Gyuri Fodor, is still meeting and trying to follow up on new developments. However, they are also finding it difficult to start the research projects they had hoped to embark on. From the Northwest Chapter of the Neuro-Psychoanalysis Society, in the United States, John Espy reports that they are continuing their monthly meetings through the summer months of 2004. After having discussed Freud's Interpretation of Dreams from a neuro-psychoanalytic perspective, they moved on to his Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious. In an attempt to better promote neuro-psychoanalysis in the Northwest, they are also looking at the possibility of having a winter “meeting” locally, attracting people from the Seattle area for a day or so of good discussion.

When you receive this issue of the journal, pleasant memories from the Rome Congress will still linger, while we will be looking forward to the next meeting. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have anything to ask about setting up a study or research group. It does not have to be “advanced science”—and it requires only that you start out from where you are. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

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