The Neurobiological Underpinnings of Psychoanalytic Theory and Therapy
Date: Friday, October 13, 2023
Lecture: 9:00 am - 12:15 pm EST.
Cost: 90.00*
CMEs: 3.0 CEUs/CMEs
*Reduced fee is available to graduate students, fellows, and residents.
Online participation via ZOOM
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Professor Mark Solms is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and the American and South African Psychoanalytic Associations. He is Director of Neuropsychology at the Neuroscience Institute of the University of Cape Town. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. He has received numerous honours and awards, including the Sigourney Prize.  He has published 350 scientific papers, and eight books, the latest being The Hidden Spring (Norton, 2021). He is the authorized editor and translator of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 volumes) and Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 volumes).


Dr. Solms will discuss how the emotional mind works (using Panksepp’s scheme for core human emotions) and how psychoanalysis achieves relief of mental suffering by making emotions conscious. Freud’s efforts to ground psychoanalysis in scientific principles that are testable, and to account for drive energy that is necessary to satisfy basic human needs for survival is foundational, but his views of where and how brain generates reflexes, instincts and emotions is questioned and updated in keeping with current research.  

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the emotional operating system of the human as described by J. Panksepp and elaborated by Solms.

2. Recognize that needs are felt when unmet but disappear from consciousness when satisfied, which relates to Freud’s pleasure principle and Friston’s free energy principle.


*** No Partial Credit Given. You must arrive within 10 minutes of the start time and stay until 10 minutes of the end time to receive CE credit.

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 The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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