dr. Jan De Vos

Psycho-neuropolitics: linking the neurological turn to psychologization

This project departs from the field of ideology critique and political philosophy to assess the impact of the ―neurological turn‖ in the fields of politics and culture. The project takes up the suggestion of Scott Vrecko that the neurological turn is best understood in its "psy-lineage", that is, in its relation to the histories of the psychological arts and sciences.

The central hypothesis is a double one. First, the neurological turn is not the end of psychology, rather, it re-confirms and even strengthens the psychological paradigm. Second, if psychology has a double figure, namely psychologization (effecting a thorough change in the human‘s being with himself, the other and the world), the neurosciences might also entail some kind of neurologization processes.

Putting the two together: the project‘s innovating and original research field is the neuropsychologization/ psychoneurologization processes. This is assessed in three research domains, first, the scientific aspects of this, what does this entail for both the psy- as the neuro-sciences? Second, the cultural aspects: how is this reflected in contemporary culture (especially in so-called cyberculture)? And third, the political aspects: how does the neurological turn (re)shape contemporary so-called biopolitics. In each research domain, the analysis is complemented with a casestudy.

Keywords:

Psychologisation neurologisation ideology critique

Academic titles:

  • MA Psychology

  • PhD Philosophy

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Publications

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  • 2017

    • The neuroturn in education : between the scylla of psychologisation and the Charybdis of digitalization

      De Vos, Jan. (2017). The neuroturn in education : between the scylla of psychologisation and the Charybdis of digitalization. In M. Vandenbroeck (Ed.), Constructions of neuroscience in early childhood education (pp. 20–36). London: Routledge.
    • Neuroscience and the Conditions of Critique

      De Vos, Jan. (2017). Neuroscience and the Conditions of Critique. Kritikos, 14(Summer).
    • No hay futuro sin crítica de la psicología: una interrogación del marxismo al psicoanálisis

      De Vos, Jan. (2017). No hay futuro sin crítica de la psicología: una interrogación del marxismo al psicoanálisis. Teoría y Crítica de la Psicología, 9, 16–35.
    • Constructions of neuroscience in early childhood education

      Vandenbroeck, M., Penn, H., De Vos, J., Mariett Olsson, L., & Fias, W. (Eds.). (2017). Constructions of neuroscience in early childhood education. Oxon: Routledge.
  • 2016

    • De humanities en de neurologische wending: nieuwe dreiging of nieuwe mogelijkheden?

      De Vleminck, J. (2016). De humanities en de neurologische wending: nieuwe dreiging of nieuwe mogelijkheden? (J. De Vleminck & J. De Vos, Eds.)DE UIL VAN MINERVA, 29(1), 2–7.
    • The death and the resurrection of (psy)critique: the case of neuroeducation

      De Vos, Jan. (2016). The death and the resurrection of (psy)critique: the case of neuroeducation. FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE, 21(1), 129–145.
      A rapidly emerging hegemonic neuro-culture and a booming neural subjectivity signal the entry point for an inquiry into the status of the signifier neuro as a universal passe-partout. The wager of this paper is that the various (mis)appropriations of the neurosciences in the media and in academia itself point to something essential, if not structural, in connection with both the discipline of the neurosciences and the current socio-cultural and ideological climate. Starting from the case of neuroeducation (the application of neuroscience within education), the genealogy of the neurological turn is linked to the history of psychology and its inextricable bond with processes of psychologisation. If the neurological turn risks not merely neglecting the dimension of critique, but also obviating its possibility, then revivifying a psy-critique (understanding the academified modern subject as grounded in the scientific point of view from nowhere) might be necessary in order to understand today’s neural subjectivity and its place within current biopolitics.
    • The metamorphoses of the brain : neurologisation and its discontents

      De Vos, Jan. (2016). The metamorphoses of the brain : neurologisation and its discontents. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
      What are we exactly, when we are said to be our brain? This question leads Jan De Vos to examine the different metamorphoses of the brain: the educated brain, the material brain, the iconographic brain, the sexual brain, the celebrated brain and, finally, the political brain. This first, protracted and sustained argument on neurologisation, which lays bare its lineage with psychologisation, should be taken seriously by psychologists, educationalists, sociologists, students of cultural studies, policy makers and, above all, neuroscientists themselves.
    • De la autoayuda psicológica, la psicología pop y el gimnástico cerebral hasta el “nudge”. El fin del sujeto psicologizado y neurologizado?

      De Vos, Jan. (2016). De la autoayuda psicológica, la psicología pop y el gimnástico cerebral hasta el “nudge”. El fin del sujeto psicologizado y neurologizado? . In R. Rodríguez (Ed.), Contrapsicología: de las luchas antipsiquiátricas a la psicologización de la cultura (pp. 411–434). Madrid: DADO Ediciones.
    • De humanities en de neurologische wending

      De Vleminck, J., & De Vos, J. (Eds.). (2016). De humanities en de neurologische wending. Kemmel: De Uil van Minerva: Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis en Wijsbegeerte van de Cultuur.
  • 2015

    • Neuroscience and critique: exploring the limits of the neurological turn

      De Vos, Jan, & Pluth, E. (Eds.). (2015). Neuroscience and critique: exploring the limits of the neurological turn. London, UK: Routledge.
      Recent years have seen a rapid growth in neuroscientific research, and an expansion beyond basic research to incorporate elements of the arts, humanities and social sciences. It has been suggested that the neurosciences will bring about major transformations in the understanding of ourselves, our culture and our society. In academia one finds debates within psychology, philosophy and literature about the implications of developments within the neurosciences, and the emerging fields of educational neuroscience, neuro-economics, and neuro-aesthetics also bear witness to a ‘neurological turn’ which is currently taking place. Neuroscience and Critique is a ground-breaking edited collection which reflects on the impact of neuroscience in contemporary social science and the humanities. It is the first book to consider possibilities for a critique of the theories, practices, and implications of contemporary neuroscience. Bringing together leading scholars from several disciplines, the contributors draw upon a range of perspectives, including cognitive neuroscience, critical philosophy, psychoanalysis, and feminism, and also critically examine several key ideas in contemporary neuroscience, including: The idea of "neural personhood" Theories of emotion in affective neuroscience Empathy, intersubjectivity and the notion of "embodied simulation" The concept of an "emo-rational" actor within neuro-economics. The volume will stimulate further debate in the emerging field of interdisciplinary studies in neuroscience, and will appeal to researchers and advanced students in a range of disciplines including critical psychology, philosophy, and critical studies.

Type :

  • Book chapter
  • Journal article
  • Edited book
  • Authored book
  • All

Keywords :

  • Neurologization,
  • Neuroscience,
  • Neurologisation,
  • Adults,
  • Neuroscience,
  • Adolescence,
  • Brain,
  • Ideology critique,
  • Neuroeducation,
  • Neurologisation