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Brain Mechanisms in Problem Solving and Intelligence

A Lesion Survey of the Rat Brain

  • Robert Thompson
  • Francis M. Crinella
  • Jen Yu

Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-11
  2. Robert Thompson, Francis M. Crinella, Jen Yu
    Pages 13-27
  3. Robert Thompson, Francis M. Crinella, Jen Yu
    Pages 29-49
  4. Robert Thompson, Francis M. Crinella, Jen Yu
    Pages 51-85
  5. Robert Thompson, Francis M. Crinella, Jen Yu
    Pages 87-94
  6. Robert Thompson, Francis M. Crinella, Jen Yu
    Pages 95-125
  7. Robert Thompson, Francis M. Crinella, Jen Yu
    Pages 127-161
  8. Robert Thompson, Francis M. Crinella, Jen Yu
    Pages 163-176
  9. Robert Thompson, Francis M. Crinella, Jen Yu
    Pages 177-204
  10. Robert Thompson, Francis M. Crinella, Jen Yu
    Pages 205-212
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 213-237

About this book

Introduction

This book is the outcome of a decade of research on the neu­ roanatomical mechanisms of learning in the young laboratory rat. It is essentially a discourse on the functional organization of the brain in relation to problem-solving ability and intelli­ gence. During the period between 1980 and 1989, well over 1000 weanling albino rats were subjected to localized brain damage (or sham operations in the case of the controls) under deep anesthesia and aseptic surgical conditions, were allowed tore­ cover, and subsequently were tested on a wide variety of prob­ lems designed to measure general learning ability. Since vir­ tually every part of the brain rostral to the medulla has been explored with lesions, it has become possible not only to map a number of "putative" brain systems underlying the acquisition of distinctive problem-solving tasks, but to isolate several neu­ roanatomical mechanisms that appear to be selectively in­ volved in the acquisition of particular kinds of goal-directed learned activities. Of particular interest was the discovery of a "nonspecific mechanism" (previously referred to in our re­ search reports as the "general learning system") inhabiting the interior parts of the brain. One objective of this volume was to make these maps available in a single source. Another was to provide a descrip­ tion of learning syndromes arising from local lesions to differ­ ent parts of the brain.

Keywords

1989 brain intelligence learning organization organizations problem solving research

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert Thompson
    • 1
  • Francis M. Crinella
    • 2
  • Jen Yu
    • 3
  1. 1.Late of University of California IrvineIrvineUSA
  2. 2.State Developmental Research InstitutesCosta MesaUSA
  3. 3.University of California IrvineIrvineUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4757-9548-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-9550-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-9548-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-4565
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