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January 1964

Olfactory-Gustatory Mentation: A Link Between Thinking Mechanisms and Infantile Feeding

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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;10(1):36-42. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720190038005

Because the true nature of mentation is obscure (although many unverified theories seem reasonable), little is known about the relationship of thinking patterns and certain neurotic character traits. Yet we have evidence of causal links such as the effect of feeding patterns in infancy on the seat of intellectual integration at a somewhat later stage of life. The study described here is an attempt to assemble observations of that phenomenon and to suggest what applications may be made therefrom in psychotherapy.

Probably the most acceptable theory of mentation to date is J. Von Newman's proposition1 that the central nervous system uses a method of notation in which the meaning of a volley of impulses may be deduced because it falls within a statistical range of notations all conveying qualitatively the same message. The loss of one or more pulses can take place without

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