Stimulus and Theoretical Reductionism: What Underlies REST Effects?

  • Peter Suedfeld


One of the interesting aspects of being a REST researcher is being frequently asked, “Why does REST have all these effects?” The question is asked by reporters, actual or prospective participants, and professional colleagues. Unfortunately, no one so far has given a totally satisfactory answer. One attractive kind of answer tries to ally the supposedly more “scientific” biological sciences with our work by proposing theories of REST phenomena that focus on how stimulus reduction affects the functioning of the central nervous system (CNS). Because these explanations approach the understanding of behavioural and psychological phenomena from a neural viewpoint, they can be called reductionistic.


Sensory Variation Optimal Arousal Theoretical Reductionism Ascending Reticular Activate System Central Nervous System Functioning 


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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1993

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