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Unconsciousness and 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199599691.003.0009
Unconsciousness and the Brain

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Chapter 8 focuses on yet another piece of mental equipment, namely the unconscious and its specific manifestation in dreams. I demonstrate that the same neuronal mechanisms that enable and predispose to brain-object and brain-self differentiation in the awake state are also at work in the dreaming state, although in a slightly different gestalt. This accounts not only for the various mental features that are often observed in dreams, but also for the transition between unconsciousness and consciousness that was so well highlighted by Freud himself.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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