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Olds, D.D. (1994). Connectionism and Psychoanalysis. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 42:581-611.

(1994). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 42:581-611

Connectionism and Psychoanalysis

David D. Olds, M.D.


A currently interesting set of models of perception, learning, and cognition—known as connectionist or neural net systems—have contributed to changes in the way cognitive scientists view brain function. A fruitful interaction between brain models and computer models leads us to think that the brain may be less dependent on a central processor, that there may be much brain work that is self-organizing, and that mind-brain dualism may be unnecessary. This article explores the implications for psychoanalytic theory that emerge from these new models.

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