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July 28, 1934

A New Physiological Psychology

JAMA. 1934;103(4):285. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750300059037

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This book presents a theory of the action of the nervous system. The author believes that the end organs and central neurons are rhythmic and that the problem is one of colloidal chemistry. Muscle and nerve tissue form two sources of potential energy, which are called kinesiphores. A stimulus does not detonate the nervous system but acts rather as an anabolic agent. The author holds that this does away with explanations which are dependent on the function of the synapse. He links his theory with freudian psychology particularly from the angle of the pleasure-pain principle, which he says is the functioning of the relationship between the two kinesiphores. Chapters are devoted to the relationship between this author's theory and the knee jerk, memory, dreams, convulsive states and other rather isolated psychologic phenomena. While the theory itself does not seem far fetched, the author's interpretations of the psychologic phenomena do appear

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