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Subjetividad y procesos cognitivos

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KORECK, Maria Susana  and  MALDAVSKY, David. A neurobiologiccal perspective of preconscious thought . Subj. procesos cogn. [online]. 2018, vol.22, n.2. ISSN 1852-7310.

According to Friston and Carhart-Harris some Freudian main theoretical concepts may have neurobiological correlates. They propose that the Freudian notion of “secondary process” can be related to the activity of the “default mode network”. The secondary process is mainly devoted to converting “free energy” into “bound energy” in a fashion that makes it useful for higher cognitive functions, and it is governed by “the ego” as the chief executive structure. The DMN was described as a network that shows high metabolic activity at rest and deactivates during goal-directed cognition. We intend to show, from the Freudian perspective, how different modes of thinking activity can be related to each stage of ego structure development and contribute with certain complex components shaping the preconscious/conscious way of thinking. And then, how these ego forms can be correlated with recent findings about DMN ontogenetic changes and maturation in newborns and young children.

Keywords : Secondary process; Preconscious thought; Ego development; Default mode network.

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