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November 15, 1947

The Physical Background of Perception

JAMA. 1947;135(11):743-744. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890110061030

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In a series of six lectures delivered in the Hall of Magdalen College, Oxford, in Hilary term 1946, the results of physiologic research on the central nervous system as regards motor and sensory areas and their relationship to the motor and sensory organs and structures of the body are given in nontechnical terms. In a lucid description of investigative methods employed and their probable significance to consideration of an overall mechanism which correlates motor and sensory activities, the nature of nerve impulses is claimed to be in the nature of electrical discharge in rhythm that can be measured in terms of volts and rate of discharge and rate of travel.

The final objective of such research is to find out how the activity of the brain is related to that of the mind. The functions of only a few portions of the brain have been investigated, and possibly only a

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