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December 1934

RELATION OF THE CONDITIONED REFLEX TO PSYCHOANALYTIC TECHNIC

Arch NeurPsych. 1934;32(6):1137-1142. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1934.02250120014002
Abstract

In recent years several efforts have been made to work out the relationship between psychoanalysis and the experimental studies of the conditioned reflex. Outstanding among these have been the studies of French,1 and Ischlondsky,2 in which psychoanalytic theory and the experimental findings of Pavlov have been correlated. The present study, however, is confined to an investigation of the relationship of the conditioned reflex to psychoanalytic technic for the purpose of showing that psychoanalysis, as a method of fact gathering, has a sound basis in accepted physiologic laws.

The point of departure is found in a quotation from Pavlov3:

The process of synthesis—that is, of association—may take place in a state of inhibition on account of the existence at the moment of a predominant focus of strong excitation. Although the actual synthesizing activity may not enter our field of consciousness, the synthesis may nevertheless take place, and under

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