Mark Solms - A Neuroscientific Perspective on Freudian Dream Theory (Virtual Only)

Brief Event Description:

A series of discoveries about the dreaming brain between the 1950s and 1980s suggested that Freudian theory was scientifically disproven. Less well known is the fact that a series of discoveries from the 1990s onwards have steadily rolled back the claims made against Freudian theory. The implications for the neuroscientific standing of psychoanalysis are considerable. These two sets of discoveries and their implications will be described in this lecture.

This is a Virtual Event Only: This event will be offered on Zoom only. You will be sent a link one week prior to event if your registration and payment are complete. Please email if you have not received your link.

CME/CEU Credits: This event provides 2.0 CME/CEU credits

Registration:  $80 General; $40 SDPC Members, $35 Candidates, and Students
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Saturday, April 13, 2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Zoom meeting

Link will be sent out one week prior to event.

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$80 General; $40 SDPC Members, $35 Candidates, and Students

Educational Objective(s)

  • Participants will be able to identify the brain regions responsible for REM sleep and dreaming, and the difference between the two.
  • Participants will be able to identify the reasons why it is important to use multiple research methods in science.

Presenter Information


Mark Solms is a psychoanalyst and neuropsychologist. He is Professor in Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), Honorary Lecturer in Neurosurgery at the St Bartholomew’s and Royal London School of Medicine, Director of the Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and Chair of the Research Committee of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

He is President of the South African Psychoanalytical Association, Associate Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, Honorary Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society, and Member of the South African Clinical Neuropsychology Association and of the British Neuropsychological Society. He is a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Psychoanalysts and of the American College of Psychiatrists. He has won many prestigious awards, including the Sigourney Award. He has authored a multitude of chapters, articles and books, including The Neuropsychology of Dreams (1997), and was the founding editor of the journal Neuropsychoanalysis.