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April 1971

Physiological Psychology.

Arch Neurol. 1971;24(4):384. doi:10.1001/archneur.1971.00480340116023

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Milner's textbook for undergraduates is written in a relaxed, unpretentious style. The book begins with a brief review of the histology and gross anatomy of the central nervous system followed by a discussion of the experimental techniques of physiological psychology. Since this is not a laboratory manual, the space devoted to the minutiae of instrumentation might have been better spent on a systematic analysis of the logical and empirical problems of these experimental techniques. Some of the problems are dealt with in various chapters throughout the book (eg, Teuber's general "double dissociation" strategy for lesion studies appears 130 pages after the discussion of techniques); others are not treated at all (eg, the very real possibility that the behavioral effects of brain lesions may stem from biochemical changes taking place in structures at a distance from the lesion).

Proceeding to a description of the motor rather than the sensory systems, Milner

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