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January 1967

Brain and Conscious Experience.

Arch Neurol. 1967;16(1):110-111. doi:10.1001/archneur.1967.00470190114015

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This is an elegant effort on the part of some notable personages to elucidate a problem of perennial speculation. Eccles' (synapses, conscious experience, and memory) associates in the enterprise were Colonnier and Anderson (neocortical structure), Mountcastle (replication of sensory events), Granit (perception), Creutzfeldt (vision), Libet and Bremer (stimulation of the brain and consciousness), Teuber (trauma), Penfield (speech), Adrian, Jasper, and Gomes (consciousness), Sperry (callosal section), Moruzzi (sleep), Phillips and MacKay (motor function), Thorpe (comparative psychology), Heymans and de Schaepdryver (dopamine), and Schaefer (psychosomatics). The book is cast in the format of regular presentations which are followed by discussions. Since, from the fore-going, it is apparent that there was a good deal of overlapping in the presentations, it is interesting to observe how isolated the position of each individual could be as a consequence of preoccupation with individual interests and research techniques. Eccles' prefatory comments are somewhat disturbing. He tells us

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