Cathexis and the Energy of the Brain

Georg Northoff

in Neuropsychoanalysis in practice

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Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599691
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754746 | DOI:
Cathexis and the Energy of the Brain

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Chapter 4 focuses on the psychodynamic concept of cathexis and its relationship to the brain's energy, including how it invests its own resting-state activity in stimulus-induced activity, thereby enabling and predisposing to differencebased coding. This leads on to a consideration of recent findings on rest–stimulus and stimulus–rest interaction mirroring the brain's employment of difference-based coding of stimulus-induced activity.

Chapter.  12854 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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