Problem of Relation Between Brain and Mind in Psysiology, Medicine and Psychology

In this paper, traditional concepts of relation between mental activity and brain activity are reviewed, and hypothesis of brain as a biological interface is developed, which was suggested by the author earlier (2008). Approaches to research of human mind in areas of physiology, psychophysiology, psychology and psychiatry are analysed, as well as their applications to therapy of mental disorders. The author suggests two main models of mental disorder based on clearer distinction between organic (brain) pathology and mental disorder resulting from informational non-material influence on psyche rather than brain. Difference between nervous and psychic functioning of organism and personality is outlined, and mental activity is viewed as an acquired function programmed by social informational environment. The question of aim of psychopharmacological influence is raised.

Author(s): Reshetnikov MM