Cetacean Brain Research: Need for New Directions

  • Theodore Holmes Bullock
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (volume 28)


Whereas neuroscience is a rapidly moving field, characterized by the application of many new techniques, progress in understanding the greatest brains has slowed down in the west and is only forging ahead in a few Soviet laboratories in particular directions. The virtual absence of work on the cetacean brain in the U.S.A. is attributable to a combination of cost, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and public sentiment against exploiting these animals. Two things need to be said here, in this historic international forum. One is that I support the Marine Mammal Protection Act and believe most of my colleagues do; I am working to extend similar protection to primates. The other is that new research is needed and justified especially on the brain and behavior, albeit with a high threshold of justification, that is, for questions of particularly high significance and to which answers are likely.


Bottlenose Dolphin Current Source Density Dorsal Cochlear Nucleus Public Sentiment Central Auditory System 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Theodore Holmes Bullock
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Neurobiology UnitScripps Institution of OceanographySan Diego, La JollaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Neurosciences, School of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA

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