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Cathexis and the Energy of the Brain 

Cathexis and the Energy of the Brain
Cathexis and the Energy of the Brain
Neuropsychoanalysis in Practice: Brain, Self and Objects

Georg Northoff


Chapter 4 focuses on the psychodynamic concept of cathexis and its relationship to the brain's energy, including how it invests its own resting-state activity in stimulus-induced activity, thereby enabling and predisposing to differencebased coding. This leads on to a consideration of recent findings on rest–stimulus and stimulus–rest interaction mirroring the brain's employment of difference-based coding of stimulus-induced activity.

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