Low-Dimensional Chaos in a Simple Biological Model of Neocortex

Implications for Cardiovascular and Cognitive Disorders
  • James E. Skinner
  • Mirna Mitra
  • Keith Fulton
Part of the The Springer Series in Behavioral Psychophysiology and Medicine book series (SSBP)

Abstract

Our laboratory has been interested in understanding the neural mechanisms involved in information processing in neocortex, especially in those structures that regulate the sensory and cardiovascular systems. Studies in comparative physiology suggest a theoretical basis for the regulation of the cardiovascular system by the brain. Following his life’s work, Cannon (1931) hypothesized the existence of a cerebral mechanism in which sensory input and autonomic output were simultaneously orchestrated; this orchestration, he suggested, became a focus for natural selection and evolved to enable the higher mammal to attend to its environment and simultaneously to prepare autonomic support in anticipation of the occurrence of certain survival behaviors that might be released.

Keywords

Entropy High Performance Liquid Chromatography Steam Adenosine Coherence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James E. Skinner
    • 1
  • Mirna Mitra
    • 1
  • Keith Fulton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurology and Neuroscience ProgramBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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