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Klumpner, G.H. (1986). Psychoanalysis and Cognitive Psychology. A Formalization of Freud's Earliest Theory: By Cornelis Wegman. New York: Academic Press, 1985. 302 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 55:542-543.

(1986). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 55:542-543

Psychoanalysis and Cognitive Psychology. A Formalization of Freud's Earliest Theory: By Cornelis Wegman. New York: Academic Press, 1985. 302 pp.

Review by:
George H. Klumpner

This is a serious, scholarly attempt to bridge the nebulous frontier of research on artificial intelligence with Freud's pre- 1896 theories. It does so by translating the latter into a computer model. Wegman's attempt has required him to simplify Freud's early theory to its bare bones, on the one hand, while stretching the implications of the computer results to their maximum, on the other. Even then, he states, "a working computer model became unfeasible… instead, a design for such a program is offered" (p. 10).

Most of the book is devoted to translating Freud's early ideas into terms consistent with Schank's Conceptual Dependency Theory, with its complex, symbolic sentence diagrams. Chapter 3 ends with "We may conclude … that a semantic representation of

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