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Flores Mosri, D. (2014). Report on the 15th International Neuropsychoanalysis Congress, New York City: “Current Neuropsychoanalytic Research”. Neuropsychoanalysis, 16(2):185-190.

(2014). Neuropsychoanalysis, 16(2):185-190

Report on the 15th International Neuropsychoanalysis Congress, New York City: “Current Neuropsychoanalytic Research”

Daniela Flores Mosri

The 15th Annual Congress of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society was held in New York City from July 24th to 26th, 2014 at the New School, followed by a post-congress discussion on 27 July at the Arnold Pfeffer Center of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The congress, entitled “Current Neuropsychoanalytic Research,” illuminated the achievements and challenges faced in the last 15 years by presenting an impressive array of research talks on a wide variety of topics. The event was attended by over 280 delegates from all over the world, including countries as diverse as South Africa, the UK, Japan, the Netherlands, and Puerto Rico, to mention just a few.

The congress began with an Educational Day on Thursday, 24 July. First, in a lecture entitled “Psychoanalysis for Neuroscience,” Ariane Bazan gave a clear overview of some central psychoanalytic concepts that neuroscientists might find recognizable in brain terms. She covered the concept of drive and traced its correspondence to the dopaminergic SEEKING system described by Panksepp (1998). Activation of the SEEKING system leads to exploratory behavior, which is needed whenever there are regulatory imbalances of a somatic source. These features are close to Freud's concept of drive, which lies at the “frontier” between body and mind. In terms of pleasure, Bazan reminded us of the experience of satisfaction that originates from the relief of tension, which Freud thought of as pleasure.

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