The Role of Brain Waves in Learning and Other Integrative Functions
After Cannon demonstrated that certain autonomic effects in emotion are of survival value for the organism, the recording of psychophysiological changes became a popular activity. James declared that such organic changes are the emotion, and as a basis for understanding and differentiating emotions in terms of nervous system functions, many investigators attempted to trace back and identify autonomic effects during emotional states with the dominance of either the sympathetic or parasympathetic division of the autonomic system. It was clear, however, that no adequate description or understanding of emotion, motivation, behavior, or other psychic phenomena was possible without consideration of events in the central nervous system. It seemed a great breakthrough, therefore, when Berger, by means of the electroencephalogram (EEG), rendered accessible from outside the intact skull clues to happenings within the brain.
KeywordsContingent Negative Variation Autonomic Effect Projection Cortex Psychic Phenomenon Small Capacitor
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