ABSTRACT

In the period of thirty years during which Luria applied his method of “dynamic localization” to human mental processes, he elucidated the neurological organization of many complex mental functions. In a book written shortly before his death (Luria, 1973), he summarized his findings under six chapter headings: “Perception”, “Movement and Action”, “Attention”, “Memory”, “Speech”, and “Thinking”. There is much in these chapters that is of interest to the psychoanalyst. However, in the concluding chapter Luria wrote the following:

Neuropsychology is still a very young science, taking its very first step, and a period of thirty years is not a very long time for the development of any science. That is why some very important chapters, such as motives, complex forms of emotions and the structure of personality are not included in this book. Perhaps they will be added in future editions, [pp. 341–342]