Interesting quote from Erik Kandel, who won the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons. Jay Neuborgen reviews Elyn Saks’ The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness at the New York Review of Books, unfortunately a pay-only article. Kandel:
I believed then, and I believe more strongly now, that biology may be able to delineate the physical basis of several mental processes that lie at the heart of psychoanalysis–namely, unconscious mental processes, psychic determinism (the fact that no action or behavior, no slip of the tongue is entirely random or arbitrary), the role of the unconscious in psychopathology (that is, the linking of psychological events, even disparate ones, in the unconscious), and the therapeutic effect of psychoanalysis itself.
The quote is relevant to the review as Elyn Saks herself credited psychoanalysis with helping her to maintain her sanity in the course of her schizophrenia. Dr. Kandel’s third edition of his textbook Principles of Neural Science is to be published in January 2009. And his In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind (2006) recounts his neurological discoveries.
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Kalea Chapman, Psy.D.