Invite Neuroanalysis Study group
Are we ready for a Brain-related (etiological) psychiatry? Can we effectively cure mental disorders and enhance our mental capacity and wellbeing?
You are invited to participate in an exciting ambitious study group that will reformulate and validate mental disorders as neuronal-networks brain disturbances.
We shall discuss both the theoretical neuroscientific underpinnings of mental disorders and we shall also relate them to specific case-reports and patients being treated by you.
The group is called “Neuroanalysis” in tribute to the eminent neurologist and psychiatrist Theodor Meynert who lived and worked in Vienna in the second half of the 19th century
As early as 1884 Meynert was one of the first clinicians to relate mental functions directly to neuronal network activity. He coined the term “Ego” as a function of a neuronal network of associations in which consciousness (experiences and associations) are embedded in connectivity organization of the brain “…. The main function of the central organ is to transmit the fact of existence to an ego gradually shaping itself in the stream of the brain…… ”
He was already then formulating the solution to the psychophysical problem developing the idea of an “Emergent Property” of the mind from whole brain (cortical) activity. In his 1884 textbook Psychiatrie. Klinik der Erkrankungen des Vorderhirns, he mentions “. . If we look upon the cortex as an organ functioning as a whole then the information that it subserves the processes of the mind is all that can be said . . . to think further about the cortex is impossible and unnecessary .”
Meynert related thoughts and experiences to associations among neuronal network activations, and was probably first to describe psychosis as weakening of connections among these network activations (later known as disconnection syndrome). As such he was the forefather of “Computational Psychiatry” by connecting a functional neuronal network model to clinical phenomology in psychiatry. In this he laid the first insights to the idea of what is now called computational-neuroscience using models of neuronal networks destined to develop and validate brain-related origins for mental functions and disorders.
Meynert also instructed us to get rid of the term “Psych” in our clinical taxonomy, in the preface of his book titled “Diseases of the For-Brain” Theodor Meynert writes “The historical term psychiatry, i.e., ‘treatment of the soul,’ implies more than we can accomplish, and transcends the bounds of accurate scientific investigation,” explaining “The reader will find no other definition of ‘Psychiatry’ in this book but the one given on the title page ‘Clinical treatise on Diseases of the Fore-Brain.’ ” in other words what Meynert stated is that the term “psych” is non-scientific and cannot be relevant for medical science. Read More on this at: “Theodor Meynert and Sigmund Freud; Dialog on the future of Psychiatry”
Following his teaching I have decided to call my work “NeuroAnalysis” substituting “Psych” with “Neuro” thus correcting an historical wrongdoing changing “psychoanalysis” to “Neuroanalysis.”
The “NeuroAnalyst” of the future will diagnose mental disorders as brain-disorders and treat them by developing brain-pacing and brain-modulating interventions destined to correct neuronal-network disturbances in the brain.