Common Properties of Sensory Systems

  • Robert P. Erickson


On the surface, vision appears to have little in common with pain, and neither vision nor pain reminds us of taste; why, then, a discussion of their common properties? These systems do have the common tasks of conveying sensory information to the brain, which must integrate all messages from both within and across sensory systems. To the extent that the similarities of these sensory coding and integration processes require common underlying principles, 1 our knowledge of sensory processes will be constrained if we resist seeing beyond the idiosyncracies of each system. The eventual value of any scientific statement is in direct proportion to its generality.


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  • Robert P. Erickson
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  1. 1.Departments of Psychology and PhysiologyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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