Umwelt: A Psychomotor Functional Event

  • Rodolfo R. Llinás
Part of the Research and Perspectives in Neurosciences book series (NEUROSCIENCE)

My basic posture concerning Umwelt (world view) is based on the assumption that our perception and understanding of “universals” derives from the functional properties of our brains. Such universals are ultimately constructed by the functional state we know as consciousness. From such a brain-centric perspective, Umwelt is what our brain makes from the sensory inputs arising from their responses to the external world and the ancestral brain network derived from our evolutionary history. Ultimately, then, our Umwelt derives from the sensory specification of internal brain function, mostly determined genetically and epigenetically during development and honed by the leaning process.


Sensory Input Reticular Nucleus Gamma Oscillation Temporal Binding Delta Sleep 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physiology and NeuroscienceNew York University Medical SchoolNew YorkUSA

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