Freud and neuroscience, 2017

24 November 2017 from 09:30 to 16:30 hrs
Compagnietheater, Kloveniersburgwal 50, 1012 CX Amsterdam
+31 20 551 0859
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Neuroscientists long neglected research on personalisation, for example the role of the emotions. It was only in the 1990s that António Damásio and Mark Solms demonstrated the influence of conscious, subjective feelings (such as fear and anger) and unconscious emotions (such as hunger) on our thinking and behaviour. Interestingly enough, their research corresponded with some of Freud’s early work.

During this symposium, which aims to relate modern neuroscientific concepts to a number of Freud’s views, Damásio and Solms embark on a discussion with three Dutch cognitive scientists.


  • Keynote address by António Damásio, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Philosophy, University of Southern California – Reflecting on the nature of feeling
  • Keynote address by Mark Solms, Professor of Neuropsychology, University of Cape Town – The interpretation of dreams and neuroscience
  • Roshan Cools, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, Radboud University Medical Centre – Chemistry of the adaptive mind: the value of impulse and emotion
  • Christiaan Vinkers, Psychiatrist, University Medical Centre Utrecht – Staying in balance throughout development: the biological basis of stress resilience
  • Victor Lamme, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Amsterdam – Revealing the unconscious emotions that drive our decisions
  • Panel discussion moderated by Don Linszen, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Amsterdam Academic Medical Centre