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Professor Mark Solms

Mark Solms was educated at Pretoria Boys’ High School and the University of the Witwatersrand. He undertook postdoctoral studies at St Bartholomew’s, the Royal London School of Medicine and the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

He returned to South Africa in 2002 as professor in neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town. He is best known for his elucidation of the forebrain mechanisms of dreaming and for his discovery of the double dissociation between rapid-eye-movement sleep and dreaming.

He is also widely acknowledged for his pioneering work in the interdisciplinary field now known as neuropsychoanalysis, which substantially broadened neuroscientific understanding of complex psychiatric phenomena.

Solms has been widely published in leading neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals as well as in general scientific journals. The best known of his four books is The Brain and the Inner World, which has been translated into 12 languages.

He has received many awards for his scientific and scholarly achievements. These include the George Sarton Medal for contributions to the history and philosophy of science (Rijksuniversiteit Ghent, 1996) and the American Psychiatric Association’s International Psychiatrist Award for 2001. He is translating and editing Sigmund Freud’s complete scientific writings in 28 volumes.
Professor Mark Solms


Past and present Confer events
Neurobiology and its Applications to Psychotherapy
Online module

Neuroplasticity: Implications for New Clinical Techniques
Saturday 29 November 2014








Book of the Month
Tea with Winnicott
Author: Professor Brett Kahr

Donald Winnicott is currently the most popular author in contemporary psychoanalysis. His writings are cited in bibliographies even more frequently than those by Sigmund Freud. And yet how many mental health professionals have actually managed to read and digest the nearly twenty published volumes of Winnicott’s books, chapters, essays, reviews, and letters?... read more...
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