Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Study Group
Neuropsychoanalytic Contributions of Mark Solms to Contemporary Drive and Ego Psychology Theory
and Clinical Practice
Facilitated by Lisa Miller, MD
4 Tuesdays
Dec. 7, 2021 - Jan. 18, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Central Time

Live via Zoom
*Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation

Registration Fees
Active Members: $120
Friend Members: $150
Student Members: $60
Non-members: $180


Instructional Level: Advanced
Learners with some pre-existing knowledge of psychoanalytic concepts, including Drive Theory and Ego Psychology, will get the most out of this study group. 

This four-session study group will discuss the neuropsychoanalytic contributions of Dr. Mark Solms to revisions in psychoanalytic theory of the drives, and psychoanalytic conceptualizations of Conscious and Unconscious mental processes, while forging an integration of psychoanalytic theory and practice with contemporary neuroscience. We will explore how these contributions translate to necessary revisions in contemporary psychoanalytic formulation and practice, while also serving to support the major claims, and therapeutic action, of psychoanalytic therapies, with an emphasis upon Drive Theory and Ego Psychology.  

Dr. Solms is uniquely qualified in these endeavors in his role as neuroscientist, neuropsychologist, psychoanalyst, and editor and translator of of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 volumes) and Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 volumes).

  1. Define the meaning of Homeostatic Drives in the context of Contemporary Drive Theory.
  2. Define the meaning of Emotional Drives in the context of Contemporary Drive Theory.
  3. Define the meaning of automatized predictions.
  4. Describe the process of making the unconscious conscious through the process of “reproblematizing” unrepresented/enacted patterns of behavior.
  5. List one brain region essential to dreaming.
  6. List one Freudian principle regarding dreams that Hobson sought to disprove and the evidence that successfully refuted Hobson.
  7. List two types of embodied cognition within the context of Contemporary Drive Theory and Ego Psychology.
  8. Describe how automatized predictions are changed during the course of psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy.
  9. List one way in which the "Conscious Id" changes Drive Theory; list one way in which the "Conscious Id" does not change Drive Theory at all.
Session 1, December 7: Neuropsychoanalytic Revisions of Drive Theory and Clinical Applications

Mark Solms.  March 2015.  NYPSI Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis Lecture Series:  “A Neuropsychoanalytic Perspective on Drives, Instincts, and Affects”

Solms, Mark. (2018). The Neurobiological Underpinnings of Psychoanalytic Theory and Therapy. Front Behav Neurosci., Volume 12: Article 294. For this session, please read only pages 1 to 5. 
Session 2, December 14: Neuropsychoanalytic Revisions of Ego Psychology and Clinical Applications

Mark Solms. October 2015. NYPSI Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis Lecture Series: “Consciousness and the Unconscious. Part 1.

Mark Solms. October 2015. NYPSI Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis Lecture Series: “Consciousness and the Unconscious. Part 2.” ***

Slides for Video 2A and 2B. Part 2 includes the Q & A for these two presentations.

Solms, Mark. (2018). The Neurobiological Underpinnings of Psychoanalytic Theory and Therapy. Front Behav Neurosci., 12: 294 (10 pages). For this session please read pages 5 through 9.  

*** Part 2 is mainly the Q & A for Part 1 and can be omitted if running out of time.
Session 3, January 11: Neurobiology of Dreaming and Implications for Psychoanalysis      

Solms, Mark. (1995).  New Findings on Neurological Organization of Dreaming: Implications for Psychoanalysis. PSA QUART, 64:43-67.
Session 4, January 18: Clinical Implications of Neuropsychoanalytic Revisions to Drive Theory and Ego Psychology

Mark Solms.  July 2020.  IPA Webinars 2020:  Neuroscientific recommendations to clinicians practicing psychoanalysis:  An Invterview with Mark Solms by Andrea Rodriguez Quiroga de Pereira

Mark Solms prepared notes to accompany this video webinar, entitled “RECOMMENDATIONS TO CLINICIANS PRACTICING PSYCHOANALYSIS,” which will be emailed to study group participants.

Solms, Mark.  (2018).  The Neurobiological Underpinnings of Psychoanalytic Theory and Therapy.  Front Behav Neurosci., 12: 294 (10 pages). Please review pages 1 through 9 and read pages 9 through 11 (the end of the article).
Solms M. (2014). 
J Integr Neurosci. 2014 Jun;13(2):173-85.

Behav Brain Sci., 38:e24. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X14000296.

Solms M. (2017). 
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2017 Oct;1406(1):90-97. 
Lisa Miller, MD, is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine, where she also completed Neurology residency prior to practicing Neurology for 6 years. She returned to Baylor to complete a residency in Adult Psychiatry. She completed training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the Beck Institute, and was certified by, and is currently a member of, the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.  She completed psychoanalysis training from the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, where she is a faculty member, and has taught the neuropsychoanalysis course for several years. She serves as a psychotherapy supervisor to Baylor Psychiatry residents. She enjoys a multi-faceted practice of medication management, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis. She is past President of the Houston Psychoanalytic Society.  
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