Inhibition and Phineas Gage : repression and Sigmund Freud

Macmillan, Malcolm 2004, Inhibition and Phineas Gage : repression and Sigmund Freud, Neuro-psychoanalysis, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 181-192.

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Title Inhibition and Phineas Gage : repression and Sigmund Freud
Author(s) Macmillan, Malcolm
Journal name Neuro-psychoanalysis
Volume number 6
Issue number 2
Start page 181
End page 192
Publisher International Neuro-Psychoanalysis Centre
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2004
ISSN 1529-4145
Summary The similarities between the theories of thinking as inhibited action developed by David Ferrier and Sigmund Freud are examined in the context of the changes in the behavior of Phineas Gage, which Ferrier tried to explain with his inhibitory-motor theory. Johannes Müller's concept of will, its development by Alexander Bain, and Bain's influence on Ferrier's conceptualization of inhibitory centers localized in the frontal lobes are traced. Elements of the Bain-Ferrier theory found in Freud's theory of thinking, which do not derive from Brücke, Meynert, or Jackson, are itemized, and the implications of Freud's opting for a mechanism of inhibition that was basically excitatory is examined. Possible reasons for Ferrier's abandoning his concept of inhibitory centers are discussed and are contrasted with the reasons that Freud had for keeping to an excitatory conceptualization. The sensory-motor physiology of the day and its application to willing and thinking as inhibited action provide reasonably certain connections between Phineas Gage, David Ferrier, and Sigmund Freud.
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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