Research unit

The relation between Helmholtz’s “Muskelgefühl” and Freud’s primary and secondary processes and his theory of reality-testing

Besides its historical interest, Liesbet De Kock’s research on Von Helmholtz resonates with current research in the neurosciences, in particular that on efference copies. In cooperation with Ariane Bazan and Gertrudis Van de Vijver, the ambition is to further articulate the relation between Helmholtz’s “Muskelgefühl”, Freud’s primary and secondary processes as well as his theory of reality-testing, and the current significance of efference copies.