- The Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation
For two decades, neuropsychoanalysis has been a catalyst for professionals in psychotherapy and neuroscience to learn from each other. We have developed new arenas to encourage neuroscientists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, neurologists, psychopharmacologists and neuropsychologists to talk to each other in productive ways.
NPSA is committed to integrating research that advances our understanding of the human mind and brain, without losing sight of the complexity of real, lived experience. Most importantly, what makes neuropsychoanalysis unique is that it is the only approach to the brain that puts a central focus on deep, internal, dynamic and unconscious processes, such as conflict, repression, defense, identification and fantasy.
Psychoanalytic theory has always evoked controversy, but the theoretical model of the mind proposed by Freud, who started his career as a neurologist and neuroscientist, is still present in most contemporary psychological theories today. One hundred years on, as concrete evidence of brain function emerges and is linked to mental processes, brain can now meet mind. Neuropsychoanalysis now creates a space for understanding both the subjective and objective basis for mental life together.