How Brain-like is the Spinal Cord?

Interacting Cell Assemblies in the Nervous System

  • Uwe Windhorst
Conference proceedings

Part of the Studies of Brain Function book series (BRAIN FUNCTION, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Uwe Windhorst
    Pages 42-104
  3. Uwe Windhorst
    Pages 105-166
  4. Uwe Windhorst
    Pages 245-282
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 283-334

About these proceedings

Introduction

"Theorizing about brain functions is often considered slightly disreputable and anyhow a waste of time -perhaps even 'philoso- ical'" 1 P. S. CHURCHLAND At present there are no unanimously accepted general con­ cepts of brain operation and function. This is especially the case with regard to so-called "higher" functions such as per­ ception, memory or the coupling between sensory input and motor output. There are a number of different reasons for this. Some may be related to experimental limitations allowing the simultaneous recording of the activities of only a restricted number of neurones. But there are also conceptual difficulties hindering the transition from "single-neurone" schemes, in which neurones are assigned relatively specific tasks (such as feature detection), to more complex schemes of nerve cell as­ semblies (for a discussion of some of the difficulties see Abeles 1982; von der Malsburg 1981; Kriiger 1983). Whilst much is known about the basic properties and functions of single neu­ rones, whose operations we hope to understand in the foresee­ able future, this does not hold true in the same way for the working of large assemblies of neurones.

Keywords

Activation brain brainstem cell muscle nervous system spinal cord system

Authors and affiliations

  • Uwe Windhorst
    • 1
  1. 1.Zentrum Physiologie und Pathophysiologie, Abteilung Neuro- und SinnesphysiologieUniversität GöttingenGöttingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-51120-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-51122-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-51120-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-5742
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