A neuropsychoanalytic account of jouissance (Lacan) and repetition compulsion (Freud): what drives behavior is excitement before valence

Abstract : We have defended the proposition that there is some parallel between the psychoanalytic concepts of jouissance and repetition compulsion and the activation of the mesolimbic dopaminergic circuits (NAS-DA) and their incentive sensitization (Bazan & Detandt, 2013, 2015; Bazan et al., 2016). Combining Go/NoGo paradigms, in which response bias for specific stimuli are measured, followed by free association on the same stimuli, assessed by an «Affect-Pulsion» questionnaire (Detandt, 2016) given to naive judges (in order to avoid circularity, Grunbaum, 1984), the idea is to empirically assess a coherence between what drives behavior and how this pervades into speech. This excitement, which can be assessed both through behavior and speech, appears to depend first and foremost on the arousal level of stimuli, and no so much on their valence – which is in agreement with clinical observation.
Promoteur/Supervisor : Prof. Bazan Ariane
Email : ariane.bazan@ulb.ac.be
Site Web/Web site : www.arianebazan.be
Centre de recherche/Research center : Service de Psychologie Clinique et Différen
Faculté/Faculty : Faculty of Psychology and Education/Facult√© des Sciences psychologiques et de l'√©ducation
Ecole doctorale/Graduate Colleges : Science of Psychology and Education/Sciences psychologiques et de l'éducation
Ecole doctorale thématique/Graduate School (French Only): Sciences PSYChologiques et sciences de l EDUCation (PSYCEDUC)

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