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Matthis, I. Zellner, M. Cooper, G.F. Camps, T. (2007). The Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis Discussion Group of the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy, England. Neuropsychoanalysis, 9(1):107.

(2007). Neuropsychoanalysis, 9(1):107

The Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis Discussion Group of the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy, England

Edited by:
Iréne Matthis, Maggie Zellner

Grahame F. Cooper and Thomas Camps

We are a mixed group of psychoanalytic psychotherapists and counselors, some of whom have specific experience within the field of neuroscience. We share a common interest in using discussion to achieve more understanding of the part played by physical brain functioning in what we experience in our clinical work in the consulting room, as well as thinking about theoretical aspects. In these discussions we are looking at ourselves as

Submit reports to: Irene Matthis, Vikingagatan 20, S-113 42 Stockholm, Sweden (fax: 46-8-6522732; email:; or to: Maggie Zellner, Suite 1501, 853 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, U.S.A. (email:

well as at our patients. We wish to stimulate interest in these areas of knowledge within our Institute and to encourage dissemination of knowledge of these vital issues in the training programs of psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

The initial focus to our discussions was provided through our readings of chapters of Mark Solms and Oliver Turnbull's The Brain and the Inner World (2002) as an introduction to the interrelation of brain and mind. Broad-ranging discussions continue around the interface of psychoanalysis and neuroscience and the clinical applications and implications. Thomas Camps provided some thought-provoking input on the potential behaviors of simple systems, including a demonstration of his electronic device that shows both attachment and aversive behaviors. Future plans include inviting discussants from other centers and the use of video material.

Our group was started in July 2004 and met quarterly up the end of 2005. Since January 2006, it has met twice each term, hence 6 times per annum. Future meetings have been arranged for the following Fridays at 7.00 pm at WMIP, Harborne Road, Birmingham, B15 3AF England: 6 July, 28 September, and 30 November 2007, and 25 January 2008.

Those who are not members of the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy are equally welcome to participate in our endeavor. As with all Institute events, they are asked to contribute a small fee toward the costs of the meetings. For further details of meetings please contact Grahame F. Cooper or Thomas Camps.


Solms, M., & Turnbull, O. (2002). The Brain and the Inner World. New York: Other Press.

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