December 2015

  • Kernberg, O. (2015) Neurobiological Correlates of Object Relations Theory
  • Int.Forum Psychoanal., January 2015 (close reading during 9-12/2014)

January–April 2015

Theme: Neurosis and Creativity; building on the classical and recent texts from psychoanalysis and dynamic neuroscience

  • Alexander, F. (1964). Neurosis and Creativity. Am. J. Psychoanal., 24:116-130.
  • Arieti, S. (1969) The Meeting of the Inner and External World: In Schicophrenia, Everyday Life and Creativity. Amer.J.Psychoanal., 29: 115-130
  • Brenner, C. (2004) Creativity and Psychodynamics, Psychoanal.Q., 72:511-515
  • Chessick, 2005 (2005) What Grounds Creativity? J.Amer.Acad. Psychoanal., 33: 7-28
  • Mollod, D. S. (2008) Berliotz’ s Symphonie Fantastique: Enriching Psychoanaytic View of Creativiy, Psychoanal Q., 77:433-476
  • Talvitie, V., Ihanus, J. (2006). The Psychic Apparatus, Metapsychology, and Neuroscience: Toward Biological (Neuro)Psychoanalysis. Neuropsychoanalysis, 8:85-98.

May–June 2015

Theme: Open Works Concept applied to Arts and Psychoanalysis

  • Eco, U. (1976) The Open Work. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press
  • Papiasvili, E. D. (2016) Translational Aspects of Interpretation Today – Psychoanal.Inq., 36:1 (in press)


OBJECTIVES of the study, exploration and research for this academic year continue to be furthering the understanding of the multidimensional processes of creativity, including dimension of mental topography, based on the recognition of importance of the unconscious and the interplay of the primary and secondary processes and symbolism; structural dimension, based on the recognition of importance of instinctual foundation of creative attitudes, comprising a continuous mental organization; intro-psychic and inter-psychic dimensions and their interplay through the art creation, appreciation and fruition; and neurophysiological correlates of all such dynamic processes and structures.

READINGS will include:

  • Kandel, E.R. (2012). The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain. From Vienna 1900 to the Present. Radnom House, New York – select chapters from Parts 3 – 5; pp. 225 – 499.
  • Select papers in: Neuropsychoanalysis, 1999 — 2010, Edward Nersessian, Mark Solms, Joseph LeDoux, Allan Schore, Howard Shevrin, Clifford Yorke, Francis Crick, Christof Koch, Otto Kernberg, and others.
  • Adams, L. (1988). Apollo and Marsyas. A metaphor of creative conflict. Psychoanal. Rev., 75, 319-338.
  • Bernan, E. (1998). The Film Viewer: From Dreamer to the Dream Interpreter. Psychoanal. Inq. 18, 193-206.
  • Blatt, S. I. (1999). An Object Relations Perspective on Development in the History of Art. Psychoanal. Contemp. Thought, 22, 665 — 685.
  • Blum, H.P., Blum, E.J. (2007). The models of Picasso’s Rose Period: The family of Saltimbanques. Int. Journ. Psychoanal., 67, 181 — 196.
  • Ceglia, L., Pleffer, C.R. (1999) Artists’ Representations of the Impact of Family Suicide during Childhood and Adolescence. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 27, 625-656.
  • Chodoroff, N. J (2012). Analytic Listening and the Five Senses: Introduction. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn. 60: 747-758.
  • Guttig, E., Sabbadini, A. (2002). Color and Music: Voices of the Unconscious. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 83, 263-266.
  • Noy, P. (1972). About Art and Artistic Talent. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 53, 243-249
  • Papiasvili, E.D., Mayers, L.A. (2011). Psychoanalysis and Art: Dialogues in the Creative Process. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 30, 293-195.
  • Rangell, L. (1978). The Creative Thrust — A Psychoanalytic Theory. Amer. Imago, 35, 27-44.
  • Rose, G. J. (1991). Abstract Art and Emotion. Anna Freud Center Conference “Psychoanalysis and Visual Art.” J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 39, 131-156.
  • Rose, G. J. (1993). Affect: A Biological Basis of Art. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 21, 501-512.
  • Wilson, L. (2008). The Power of Visual Memory: The Earliest Remembered Drawing of Alberto Giacometti, Snow White in her Coffin. Psychoanal. Q., 77, 477-501.
Sep 27, 2013Biology of the Visual Art (Kandel, Part 3).
Oct 11, 25, 2013Biology of the Visual Art, cont., (Kandel, Part 3).
Nov 8, 22, 2013Biology of the Emotional Response to Art (Kandel, Part 4).
December 6, 20, 2013Dialogue between Visual Art and Science; Biology of Creativity (Kandel, Part 5).
January 10, 24, 2014Affective Neuroscience and Creativity. Select Readings from Neuropsychoanalysis: Nersessian, Solms, LeDoux, Kernberg, et al.
February 13, 27, 2014Unconscious and Non-conscious “Homunculus” of Sensory Information & Sensory Memory Circuits; in relation to Creativity (Crick, Koch); Developing Brain, Trauma and Creativity (Schore, Shevrin, Yorke, et al.). Select readings from Neuropsychoanalysis of the above.
March 13, 27, 2014Integration: Unconscious Conflicts, Affects and Creativity (Adams, Rose, Rangell).
April 10, 24, 2014Integration: Developmental Trauma, Pathology and/or Creativity (Ceglia, Chodoroff, Wilson).
May 8, 22, 2014Integration: Intro-psychic and Inter-psychic perspectives on creativity (Bernan, Blatt, Noy, Guttig).
June 12, 26, 2014Continuity of visual art forms, their development across history; primary process and instinctual foundation of the primacy of visual perception and symbolism; dreams and history of art and sciences (Blum, Papiasvili & Mayers, Bernan, Noy, all the above).

The readings and dates may be adjusted to accommodate specific interests and needs of the group members.


  • Introduction of the interdisciplinary area of Dynamic Neuroscientific/Neuropsychoanalytic Studies of Arts and Creativity
  • Basic Concepts
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Psychodynamically relevant anatomical structures and circuitry (D. Hebb, E. Kandel, M. Solms, N. Andreasen, Le Doux, M. Gianotti, and others).
5‑9Neural Curcuitry and Mechanisms of: Unconscious Motivation, Affects, Attachment, Trauma, Emotions, Memory, Empathy, Repression, Insight, Sublimation (S.Freud, M.Solms, E. Kandel, LeDoux, Bremner, B.E. Depue, F. Ozkarar).
10‑13Developmental Dynamic Neuroscience – Neuropsychoanalytic Theory of Mind (Balbernie, Seigal, Schore, Zeinah, Vaughan, O’Connor).
14‑16Psychobiology of Creativity, Self, Imagination (V. Gallese, K.K. Villa, H. Shevrin, S. Hutstvedt, Behrendt).
17‑18Psychobiology of Esthetics and Visual Arts, Literature, Humor, Music, Dance (L. Oppenheim, Zekki).
19‑20Correlations between High Creativity in the Arts and Humanities and Mood Symptomatology; between High Creativity in the Sciences and Mathematics and Thought Symptomatology (N. Andreasen and Iowa Study); Evolutionary Hypothesis of Creativity (N. Andreasen).