Long-term potentiation and memory processes in the psychological works of Sigmund Freud and in the formation of neuropsychiatric symptoms

D. Centonze, A. Siracusano, P. Calabresi, G. Bernardi

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Abstract

Far from disproving the model of mind functioning proposed by psychoanalysis, the recent advances in neuropsychiatrical research confirmed the crucial ideas of Sigmund Freud. The hypothesis that the origin of mental illnesses lies in the impossibility for a subject to erase the long-term effects of a remote adverse event is in tune with the view that several psychiatric disturbances reflect the activation of aberrant unconscious memory processes. Freud's insights did not stop here, but went on to describe in an extremely precise manner the neural mechanisms of memory formation almost a century before the description of long-term synaptic potentiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-565
Number of pages7
JournalNeuroscience
Volume130
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • drug addiction
  • fear conditioning
  • OCD
  • synaptic plasticity
  • TMS
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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