COURSE DESCRIPTION: Some recent developments in neuroscience have dramatic implications for psychoanalytic theories of drive, emotion, consciousness, the unconscious and repression, to mention just the main topics. This course will first describe these exciting scientific developments, in user-friendly terms, and then it will outline the practical implications for the clinical practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
BIOGRAPHY: Professor Mark Solms was born in 1961. He was educated at Pretoria Boys’ School and the University ofthe Witwatersrand. He emigrated to England in 1988. There he worked at University College London and the Royal London Hospital, while he trained at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. He returned to South Africa in 2002, and now holds the Chair of Neuropsychology at the Neuroscience Institute of the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital. His rating by the National Research Foundation is 'A1' and he is a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He has received numerous prizes and honours, such as the Sigourney Prize, the IPA’s Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award and Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Psychiatrists. He is Training Director of the South African Psychoanalytical Association, Director of the Science Dept of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Research Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He has published 350 articles in both neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals, and he has authored eight books. The Brain and the Inner World was translated into 13 languages. His collected papers were published recently as The Feeling Brain. His next
book, The Hidden Spring, will appear in early 2021. He is the editor and translator of the forthcoming
Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychologicaln Works of Sigmund Freud (24 vols) and Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 vols).