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Unconsciousness and the Brain 

Unconsciousness and the Brain
Chapter:
Unconsciousness and the Brain
Source:
Neuropsychoanalysis in Practice: Brain, Self and Objects
Author(s):

Georg Northoff

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199599691.003.0009

Chapter 8 focuses on yet another piece of mental equipment, namely the unconscious and its specific manifestation in dreams. I demonstrate that the same neuronal mechanisms that enable and predispose to brain-object and brain-self differentiation in the awake state are also at work in the dreaming state, although in a slightly different gestalt. This accounts not only for the various mental features that are often observed in dreams, but also for the transition between unconsciousness and consciousness that was so well highlighted by Freud himself.

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