Ariane Bazan is now also at the Université de Lorraine in Nancy!
As a professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology she is now a member of INTERPSY.
New! Lola Thieffry just joined the Ariteam. She obtained a doctoral contract at the Université de Lorraine. The provisional title of her thesis: A neuropsychanalytic study on the metapsychology of repression.
Just published by Routledge! a chapter:
5 Lacanian neuropsychoanalysis: on the role of language motor dynamics for language processing and for mental constitution – Ariane Bazan, Gertrudis Van de Vijver and Diana Caine
In the first volume of Clinical Neuropsychoanalysis, Kaplan-Solms and Solms (2001) compare a patient with a Broca-type aphasia, Mr. J, and one with a Wernicke-type aphasia, Mrs. K. Broadly speaking, the authors find that Mr. J’s ‘ego functioning’ is ‘normal’, i.e. that he can reappraise and adjust to changed realities, even if he has enormous difficulties expressing himself verbally, while Mrs. K’s speech production is fluent but she often ‘goes blank’ mentally, being unable both to understand non-idiomatic speech and to bring her own speech intentions into execution. The authors conclude that (1) “The motor aspect of the word, then, and therefore the motor com- ponent of the speech apparatus – Broca’s area – (…) is little more than an output channel for the ego’s complex workings; its role in verbal thinking is superfluous.” (p. 89; their italics) and (2) “the auditory-component of word presentation does participate in some way in the executive functioning of the ego.” (p. 114). In what follows we will spell out how, to the contrary, in our view the motor component of the speech apparatus is actually constitutive of access to symbolic language (and hence of ego-functioning), while the auditory component is no more than an auxiliary for this access. Having done so, we provide an alternative explanation for Mrs. K’s mental failures and Mr. J’s mental robustness, in terms of dorsal and ventral language pathways, and of secondary and primary processing, in place of the traditional framework of Broca’s and Wernicke’s aphasias.
in the new book:
In the past few decades, we have accumulated an impressive amount of knowledge regarding the neural basis of the mind. One of the most important sources of this knowledge has been the in-depth study of individuals with focal brain damage and other neurological disorders. This book offers a unique perspective, in that it uses a combination of neuropsychology and psychoanalytic knowledge from diverse schools (Freudian, Kleinian, Lacanian, Relational, etc.), to explore how damage to specific areas of the brain can change the mind.
Twenty years after the publication of Clinical Studies in Neuro-Psychoanalysis, this book continues the pioneering work of Mark Solms and Karen Kaplan-Solms, bringing together clinicians and researchers from all over the world to report key developments in the field. They present a rich set of new case studies, from a diverse range of brain injuries, neuropsychological impairments and even degenerative and paediatric pathologies.
This volume will be of immense value to those working with neurological populations that want to incorporate psychoanalytic ideas in case formulations, as well as for those who want to introduce themselves in the neurological basis of psychoanalytic models of the mind and the broader psychoanalytic community.
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