By Vincenzo Sanguineti

The examine of the brain-mind advanced has been hampered by way of the dichotomy among aim organic neuroscience and subjective mental technology, in line with speculative topographic versions and psychodynamics formulations. the 2 antithetical avenues of analysis, premises, and dynamic hypotheses, have developed in a polarization of neuroscience. this is often in part answerable for the failure to resolve the transformation of neural occasions into psychological photographs: how subject turns into mind's eye, and vice versa. The Rosetta Stone to the Human brain: 3 Languages to combine Neurobiology and Psychology illustrates how the simultaneous use of those methods enriches the knowledge of the neural and psychological geographical regions, and provides new dimensions to our belief of neuropsychological occasions; how the 2 diverse clinical metaphors are comparable in what they describe; and the way the attention and alertness of those views are useful in getting a deeper theoretical grab on significant psychological occasions, higher knowing unmarried minds, and formulating a extra built-in healing intervention.

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The positions of Donna Haraway (1991), Julia Kristeva (1982), and Jessica Benjamin (1998) will be presented later on, in different contexts. Luce Irigaray (1980) contrasts a plural and dynamic feminine genital conformation (and a culture not of the visible but of the tangible and continuous) with the phallomorphic masculine focus on the singular and the unified. The result is a complex and fluid subjectivity. “The feminine does not insist on 12 Chapter 1 a strict dividing line between the self and what is outside of it (the other)” (Mansfield, 2000, p.

The loop could be represented as: These self-sustaining loops lead directly to the phenomenon of emergence. Out of their interactive dynamics something new appears. Scott uses as an example the loop between the burning wick of a candle that by generating heat causes the melting of the wax, which in turn sustains the burning of the wick. The emergent phenomenon out of the dynamics of this loop—or level of events—is the flame itself. Another illustration of a positive feedback, self-sustaining loop is depicted in Figure 2-1 (adapted from Goldstein and Volkow, 2002).

The doctrine of developmental selection (DS) states that although the initial anatomy of the brain (that is, the formation of the neural plate and the neural groove or the migratory patterns of neural crest cells) rests on genetic information, from very early embryonic stages onward the synaptic connectivity of the neurons is guided by developmental selection. Anatomical synaptic links eventuate from topobiological competition (Edelman, 1988), involving, among other factors, cells being at specific places at specific times, and strengthened by joint firing of the neurons (“neurons that fire together wire together”).

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