Functional Landscapes of the Brain: An Electrotopographic Perspective

  • Robert W. Thatcher
  • Eileen B. Maisel
Part of the The Downstate Series of Research in Psychiatry and Psychology book series (DSRPP, volume 2)


The title “Functional Landscapes of the Brain” was borrowed from a particularly elegant study of regional cerebral blood flow changes during cognitive performance by Ingvar and Risberg (l967). Ingvar and colleagues (Risberg and Ingvar, 1973; Ingvar and Schwartz, 1974; Ingvar et al, 1975a) used radioactive xenon to monitor the metabolic regulation of cerebral blood flow (rCBF) which was regionally specific and accompanied problem solving and abstract thinking (Ingvar and Risberg, 1967; Risberg and Ingvar, 1973), voluntary hand movements (Ingvar et al,1975a), speech and reading (Ingvar and Schwartz, (1974) and electrical cutaneous stim ulation (Ingvar et al, 1975b). This work represents the first comprehensive quantitative topographic analysis of regionally specific physiological changes accompanying higher mental activity.


Evoke Potential Orthogonal Factor Interhemispheric Asymmetry Logic Task Functional Landscape 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. Thatcher
    • 1
  • Eileen B. Maisel
    • 1
  1. 1.Brain Research Laboratories and Department of PsychiatryNew York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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