1st Edition

Clinical Studies in Neuropsychoanalysis Revisited

Edited By Christian Salas, Oliver Turnbull, Mark Solms Copyright 2021
    340 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    340 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In the past few decades, we have accumulated an impressive amount of knowledge regarding the neural basis of the mind. One of the most important sources of this knowledge has been the in-depth study of individuals with focal brain damage and other neurological disorders. This book offers a unique perspective, in that it uses a combination of neuropsychology and psychoanalytic knowledge from diverse schools (Freudian, Kleinian, Lacanian, Relational, etc.), to explore how damage to specific areas of the brain can change the mind.

    Twenty years after the publication of Clinical Studies in Neuro-Psychoanalysis, this book continues the pioneering work of Mark Solms and Karen Kaplan-Solms, bringing together clinicians and researchers from all over the world to report key developments in the field. They present a rich set of new case studies, from a diverse range of brain injuries, neuropsychological impairments and even degenerative and paediatric pathologies.

    This volume will be of immense value to those working with neurological populations that want to incorporate psychoanalytic ideas in case formulations, as well as for those who want to introduce themselves in the neurological basis of psychoanalytic models of the mind and the broader psychoanalytic community.


    1 Great expectations (Oliver Turnbull, Christian Salas and Mark Solms)

    2 From depth neuropsychology to neuropsychoanalysis: an historical comment 20 years later (Mark Solms)


    3 Freud in the light of neuroscience: the brain in the light of psychoanalysis (Maggie Zellner)

    4 Relational neuropsychoanalysis (Giles Yeates and Christian Salas)

    5 Lacanian neuropsychoanalysis: on the role of language motor dynamics for language processing and for mental constitution (Ariane Bazan, Gertrudis Van de Vijver and Diana Caine)


    6 A mother and wife, after right hemisphere stroke: a self psychological perspective (Pamela Klonoff)

    7 When the RIGHT hemisphere goes WRONG: reality and phantasy following right hemisphere lesion (Kobi Tiberg)

    8 Neuropathological inertia and re-mobilisation of cathexes: brief psychodynamic therapy after basal ganglia lesions (Aonghus Ryan and Giles Yeates)

    9 Forgetting, repeating, and working through: unconscious learning and emotional regulation in a case of profound amnesia (Paul Moore)

    10 Working with narcissism in psychotherapy with people with dementia (Richard Cheston)

    11 Language, symbolic and emotion regulation: the psychodynamic neurorehabilitation of a child with Landau-Kleffner syndrome (Manuel Fernández-Alcántara, Juan Francisco Navas, Francisco Cruz-Quintana, Christian Salas and Carolina Laynez-Rubio)

    12 The social reality of the self: right perisylvian damage revisited (Sahba Besharati and Aikaterine Fotopoulou)

    13 Locked-in syndrome: the challenges of disentangling cognitive and dynamic factors (Amy Duncan)


    14 Final thoughts: the contribution of neuropsychoanalysis to neuropsychological rehabilitation (Christian Salas and Oliver Turnbull)


    Christian Salas is a clinical neuropsychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist from Santiago, Chile. He is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Human Neuroscience and Neuropsychology and Director of the Clinical Neuropsychology Unit in Diego Portales University. He is also a staff member at the Dynamic Psychotherapy Unit, J. Horwtiz Barak Psychiatric Institute. He is co-author of Addressing Brain Injury in Under-Resourced Settings.

    Oliver H Turnbull is a neuropsychologist and clinical psychologist with an interest in emotion and its many consequences for mental life, as well as a Professor of Neuropsychology at Bangor University, where he is Deputy Vice Chancellor. He is the author of many scientific articles and co-author of The Brain and the Inner World.

    Mark Solms is Co-Chair of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society, Research Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association and Science Director of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is Director of Neuropsychology at the Neuroscience Institute of The University of Cape Town.

    "Understanding the biological underpinnings of human mental functioning as seen through the lens of psychoanalytic observations was, of course, an initial goal of Sigmund Freud. This challenging, but intriguing task has been the focus of neuropsychoanlaysis. This updated edited text by Salas, Turnbull and Solms summarizes in a very interesting manner the evolution of this field of study over the last twenty years. In addition, it provides several useful clinical examples of how psychological work with brain dysfunctional individuals have utilized psychodynamic insights. It is a book that both informs and inspires and is especially helpful in understanding the subjective experiences of some brain dysfunctional individuals." – George P. Prigatano, Ph.D., Barrow Neurological Institute

    "This book is a must-read for anyone interested in, or working with, the mysteries of human minds. You will find new hypotheses, discussions, suggestions and examples of clinical cases from the interdisciplinary work of neuropsychoanalysis. This is a young but very important and innovative field proposing a new vision for studying and clinically approaching mental functions. A pleasure to read, it poses engaging, exciting and innovative questions." – Cristina M. Alberini, Professor of Neuroscience, New York University