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September 1966

Psychopathology of Perception.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(3):330-332. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730150106017

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At the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Psychopathological Association held in 1963, the Samuel W. Hamilton Award was given to Dr. Heinrich Klüver, and a symposium was held on the psychopathology of perception. This book contains the proceedings of that meeting. The symposium was divided into three parts: part I, the Neurophysiology of Perception, part II, the Psychopathology of Pain, Taste, and Time, and part III, Perception under Special Conditions.

Perhaps the highlight of this volume is a paper presented by Dr. Klüver in part I, entitled "Neurobiology of Normal and Abnormal Perception." It is written in a scholarly style only too rarely seen today, and reveals Dr. Klüver's mastery of the subject matter of neuropsychology.

Initially, Dr. Klüver discusses hallucinatory phenomena (emphasizing idetic imagery), and shows how early brain researchers related these phenomena to neocortical functions. That these pathologically altered perceptions could be related to functions of

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