, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 135–140

Dynamics of the cerebral cortex automatic development of equilibrium in self-organizing systems

  • W. R. Ashby

DOI: 10.1007/BF02295994

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Ashby, W.R. Psychometrika (1947) 12: 135. doi:10.1007/BF02295994


The nervous system, and particularly the cerebral cortex, is examined in certain of its activities, it being treated as a purely physical dynamic system. It is shown mathematically that if, as seems likely, the cerebral cortex can undergo manifold changes of neuronic organization, then it follows that these changes must automatically lead to the development of more and more states of equilibrium, the process being unavoidable and largely irreversible. The theorem may be established on basic physical principles without appeal to special physiological details. The possible significance of this observation is indicated.

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© Psychometric Society 1947

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. R. Ashby
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ResearchBarnwood HouseGloucesterEngland

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