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May 1967

Brain Physiology and Psychology.

Arch Neurol. 1967;16(5):564. doi:10.1001/archneur.1967.00470230116017

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The editors collected 15 papers in behavioral physiology and psychology, prefacing each with an explanatory paragraph and a few supplementary references. Most of the papers deserve careful study and follow-up by those who are interested in behavioral research. An exception would seem to be J. L. Kennedy's paper on "A Possible Artifact in Electroencephalography." The collection opens with Lashley's "In Search of the Engram," and the second paper is Sperry's on optic nerve regeneration in amphibia. Thus, the editors give pride of place to the controversy between Lashley's view of mass action and the classical connectionist view. However, it seems to me that a more rewarding introduction would have been made by starting with G. A. Miller's "The Magical Number Seven..." (Psychol Rev, vol 63, 1956) which is 11th in the collection. His emphasis on "the importance of grouping or organizing the input sequence into units or chunks" (p 194)

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