More than a backup system for brain programs, the cerebellum creates shadow models of other parts of the brain, opening possibilities of its managing the interweaving of explicit and implicit memory, parsing the domains and structures of Freud's topographic and structural systems, and deciding to bring limbic emotion towards action meaning. An introductory critique of the neuropsychoanalytic movement thus far progresses in the patient and stately exposition of a master bridge builder. --David V. Forrest, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
As one of the pioneers of neuro-psychoanalysis, Fred Levin shows the immense importance of this new perspective in elucidating the special integrative role of the cerebellum. In its enterprise, neuroscience has mainly focused on higher cortical functions. It is time to correct the 150-year bias, and Levin does it splendidly, taking into account cognition, emotion, memory, learning and action in relation to the 'psychodynamics of the cerebellum'. He also encourages his readers to proceed in the exploration of knowledge, anticipating surprises in further research. --Professor Juhani Ihanus, PhD
By focusing upon the cerebellum, Levin has connected psychoanalytic perspectives, such as the Freudian unconscious, and neuroscientific perspectives on conscious and non-conscious neural networking. Attention is given to both explicit and implicit memory systems, and the need for their integration as well. And credit is properly given to Ito Masao for his brilliant appreciation and elaborations of how the cerebellum becomes for each of us a decisive part of our emotions, our adaptive learning, and our very self. --Professor Hans-Dieter Klein, Austrian Academy of Sciences
About the Author
Fred Levin is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago and Evanston, Illinois. He is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association; the American Psychoanalytic Association; the American Psychiatric Association (life fellow); American College of Psychoanalysts (honorary organization, Past President, and fellow) and several other organizations in Europe and Japan. He has contributed to nearly 100 publications and written a number of books, including 'Mapping the Mind' (1991), 'Psyche and Brain' (2003) and 'Psychotherapy Pearls' (2006).