How do Brains Work?

Papers of a Comparative Neurophysiologist

  • Theodore Holmes Bullock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Goals and Strategies in Brain Research: The Place of Comparative Neurology

  3. Integration in the Neurons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-13
    2. Theodore H. Bullock, Susumu Hagiwara
      Pages 54-66
    3. Theodore Holmes Bullock, Carlo A. Terzuolo
      Pages 67-90
    4. Theodore Holmes Bullock
      Pages 91-96
    5. Donald H. Perkel, Joseph H. Schulman, Theodore H. Bullock, George P. Moore, José P. Segundo
      Pages 112-115
    6. Theodore Holmes Bullock
      Pages 116-123
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      Pages 124-132
  4. Transduction and Reception as Models of Brain Mechanisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-137
    2. Theodore H. Bullock, Raymond B. Cowles
      Pages 138-139
    3. T. H. Bullock, S. Hagiwara, K. Kusano, K. Negishi
      Pages 140-140
    4. Theodore H. Bullock, Shiko Chichibu
      Pages 141-148
    5. Theodore H. Bullock
      Pages 171-182
    6. Theodore H. Bullock
      Pages 183-187
  5. Central Systems and Higher Level Integration

  6. Compound Field Potentials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-287
    2. Theodore Holmes Bullock
      Pages 306-331
    3. Theodore H. Bullock, Michael C. McClune
      Pages 375-396
    4. Theodore H. Bullock, Jeffrey T. Corwin
      Pages 437-448
    5. S. H. Ridgway, T. H. Bullock, D. A. Carder, R. L. Seeley, D. Woods, R. Galambos
      Pages 449-453
    6. Jeffrey T. Corwin, Theodore H. Bullock, Jeff Schweitzer
      Pages 467-479
  7. Neuroethology and the Evolution of Brain and Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 481-485
    2. Theodore Holmes Bullock
      Pages 486-495
    3. Theodore Holmes Bullock
      Pages 496-508
    4. Theodore H. Bullock, Robert H. Hamstra Jr., Henning Scheich
      Pages 509-534

About this book


"I'll bet it will tum out that brains use both mechanisms, in different centers. " Much of my waking life and that of many of my friends is spent racking our brains over how brains work. This book claims that good science is often a form of betting on the outcome of research-the stakes being time and reputation and someone's money. Some scientists, to be sure, claim they avoid leaning this way or that, in the name of keeping an open mind. I recommend making expectations explicit in order to design controls against unconscious influence, formulate alternative outcomes more clearly-and to add zest. Both the immediately upcoming experiment and the expected result of many long years of work by many people after one is gone are proper subjects for betting or the most informed and serious guessing. The working title for this collection of new and old papers was for some time "Betting on how brains work" and then "Betting on brains. " It goes without saying that the book will not answer the title question but will speak to it, in particular making a series of propositions that I think are more likely to be confirmed by future research than the alternatives we can presently recognize. It follows that a significant message, implied in many chapters of the book is this.


Nervous System Neurology behavior brainstem forebrain neurons physiology

Authors and affiliations

  • Theodore Holmes Bullock
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurosciences 0201University of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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