Space for Dialogue – the Book

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Science, Psychoanalysis, and the Brain:

Shimon Marom

Cambridge University Press, 2015
ISBN 978-1-10710118-0 Hardback
Also available in paperback and eBook formats



Book Description [Link (PDF) to excerpts: contents, preface, chapter 1 and index]

Science, Psychoanalysis, and the Brain is an invitation to a space for dialogue where reflections on neurophysiology are expressed with and guided by depth-psychology in mind; a space where neurophysiology resumes its traditional humbled stance towards matters of the psyche, and where the intellectual autonomy of depth psychology is acknowledged. The author leads the reader through the terrain of methodological errors that have plagued recent reductive approaches, paving the way for a dialogue that is based on an alternative, relational approach. Neurophysiology is discussed on a high level of abstraction, enabling a genuine analysis of the organization of the brain through its relational interactions with the world. In this dialogue, where psychology provides a theoretical framework that contributes to physiology, both parties are benefited. Neurophysiology gains important constraints and guidance in phrasing meaningful questions, psychology gains further motivation to crystalize its multifaceted concepts. Both disciplines enrich the spectrum of metaphors available to them within their own discourses.

Editorial reviews

  • Sets a new standard for the sought after bridge between two areas of discourse (depth-psychology and neurophysiology)
  • Relational approach by the author; he is present throughout the book as a subject
  • Rigorous, creative, engaging tour inside the possible-impossible relations between depth-psychology and neurophysiology


“Science, Psychoanalysis, and the Brain: Space for Dialogue is an important work; I am not aware of any other like it. The arguments are rigorous, creative, and down to earth. Shimon Marom proposes a relational neurophysiology arising in the space he has created between psychoanalysis and brain science. In his hands, this is not mere speculation, but a significant engagement with a great and important topic.”
Leslie Brothers, MD, author of Mistaken Identity: The Mind-Brain Problem Reconsidered and Friday’s Footprints: How Society Shapes the Human Mind

“This book will be a landmark for researchers in neuroscience and depth psychology, clinicians, humanists, and intellectuals in general who seek to learn, teach, or deepen their understanding of the connections between depth psychology concepts and the realism of the underlying neuronal substrates. It is a complete exposition and formalization of the most essential theoretical concepts and experimental facts necessary for establishing a genuine dialogue between science and humanism, between neuroscience and depth psychology.”
Gustavo Deco, PhD, Pompeu Fabra University, author of Computational Neuroscience of Vision and The Noisy Brain: Stochastic Dynamics as a Principle of Brain Function