Representation and thought in Freudian theory: introduction to a cognitive approach. This text presents some preliminary considerations for a cognitive approach to Freud's psychological theory of psychoanalysis. It analyses Freudian theories of representation, thinking, and language, in order to show that they are coherent with the cognitive models that are being discussed nowadays in the cognitive sciences. The text links some relevant aspects of the Freudian theory to contemporary concepts and shows how the models discussed and the Freudian models conceive the experiential origin of thought, arguing that there are not two distinct processes of thinking but different patterns of connections involving representations.
Psychoanalytic psychology; representation; thought; cognition