The Orienting Reflex and Functional Stability of the Nervous System

  • H. D. Kimmel


The primary thesis of this presentation is that V.D. Nebylitsyn’s concept of functional stability of the central nervous system (CNS) (Nebylitsyn, 1964) may provide a potential neurobiological basis for the intellectual dimension of human behavior. Evidence is presented in support of the proposition that individuals whose CNS is more functionally stable have higher measured IQs, while those whose CNS is less functionally stable have lower IQs.


Skin Conductance Response Functional Stability Orient Reflex Intense Stimulation Habituation Criterion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. D. Kimmel
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  1. 1.Department of Psychology TampaUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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