The Development of Consciousness: An Integrative Model of Child Development, Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis

Author(s) : Giampaolo Sasso, Translator : Jennifer Cottam

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The Development of Consciousness: An Integrative Model of Child Development, Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis

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Using 'Freud's Project for a scientific psychology' as a starting point, this book is a brilliant new approach that combines psychoanalytical research with neuroscience. Its aim is to to delineate a new psychological framework for mental health practitioners. The author throws light on the slow pace of brain development during childhood, grapples with both the question of evolutionary factors, and the infant's sensitivity and predisposition to build relationships within his environment. The book also broadens and highlights two key topics topics; the origin of language and the importance of introjective-projective modulation in verbal communication.

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'Dr Sasso's book is a scholarly and creatively brave effort to bring together diverse areas of the human mind and its development, within an organising framework of introjective and projective processes. This book deserves to be read by anyone who seeks to find bridges between psychoanalysis and contemporary scientific accounts of the developing mind.'
- Mary Target, PhD, Psychoanalyst and Clinical Psychologist. Reader in Psychoanalysis at University College, London

'This book comes as a landmark. Sasso's work is extremely valuable for everybody wanting to think over possible points of convergence between psychoanalysis and neuroscience. This well-documented text addresses the complexity of this field and suggests a new model of brain growth that takes into account the psychic work of both the child and his/her carers. It touches especially upon the problems of the development of consciousness and the origins of language.'
- Bernard Golse, Psychoanalyst and Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Paris

'Infancy research and information from affective neuroscience and on dynamic brain functions active between subjects, require a new clinical theory of human minds and how they communicate. Giampaolo Sasso meets these challenges with a critique of Freud's ambitious and prophetic Project, and with a richly informed analysis of the "perceptual- motor properties of neural pathways". His fluent review, and his discussion of the psychology of parent-child relations and how they build a conscious personality, will be welcomed.'
- Colwyn Trevarthen, Professor (Emeritus) of Child Psychology and Psychobiology, Department of Psychology, The University of Edinburgh

About the Author(s)

Giampaolo Sasso is a practising psychotherapist and psychoanalytst living in Milan. He is a member of the Italian Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, which forms part of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He is also an linguist and has had a number of books published in Italy.

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