Voluntary Control of the Electrical Activity of the Brain

  • Aubrey J. Yates


The discovery that electrical activity could be recorded from the cortex of the brain by use of surface electrodes produced a whole new branch of medicine devoted to attempts to relate that activity to various psychiatric disorders associated with the effects of brain injuries, abnormal brain states, or simply disturbances of electrical activity per se. Alongside this research there also developed an interest in the relationship between various kinds of electrical discharge which were discovered and the different states of consciousness which had long fascinated psychologists and philosophers of the mind. More recently, the possibility that the relative balance of the various kinds of electrical activity might be altered voluntarily so as to induce altered states of consciousness has received much attention, resulting in a controversy that is still far from resolved.


Voluntary Control Auditory Feedback Alpha Activity Alpha Rhythm Seizure Rate 
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  • Aubrey J. Yates
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  1. 1.The University of Western AustraliaNedlandsWestern Australia

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