Pribram, Karl H. (1919–)
Landmark Clinical, Scientific, and Professional Contributions
Karl H. Pribram’s theoretical and empirical contributions to the study of brain-behavior relations have helped shape the landscape of modern brain science. A neurosurgeon by training, Pribram is most well-known for his “holonomic theory of the brain” which posits a conceptualization of brain processes as distributed wave interference patterns, much like an optical hologram. Pribram is also recognized for his pioneering research defining the boundaries of the limbic system, as well as its connections to the frontal cortex and role in emotion, highlighting the role of the inferior temporal cortex in vision, and investigating the sensory-specific association cortex of the parietal and temporal lobes.
Education and Training
University of Chicago, M.D., 1941
University of Chicago, B.S., 1939
Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology (Georgetown University, Washington DC, 1998–2015)
References and Readings
- Pribram, K. H. (1954). Toward a science of neuropsychology (method and data). In R. A. Patton (Ed.), Current trends in psychology and the behavioral sciences (pp. 115–142). Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Press.Google Scholar
- Pribram, K. H. (1971). Languages of the brain: Experimental paradoxes and principles in neuropsychology. New York: Prentice Hall/Brandon House.Google Scholar
- Pribram, K. H. (1998). Karl H. Pribram. In L. R. Squire (Ed.), The history of neuroscience in autobiography (Vol. 2, pp. 308–349). San Diego: Academic.Google Scholar
- Pribram, K. H. (2002). Autobiography in anecdote: The founding of experimental neuropsychology. In A. Y. Stringer, E. L. Cooley, & A. Christenson (Eds.), Pathways to prominence in neuropsychology: Reflections of twentieth-century pioneers (pp. 197–221). New York: Psychology Press.Google Scholar
- Pribram, K. H., & Gill, M. M. (1976). Freud’s ‘project’ re-assessed: Preface to contemporary cognitive theory and neuropsychology. New York: Basic Books.Google Scholar
- Pribram, K. H., & Luria, A. R. (Eds.). (1973). Psychophysiology of the frontal lobes. New York: Academic.Google Scholar
- Prideaux, J. (2000). Comparison between Karl Pribram’s “Holographic Brain Theory” and more conventional models of neuronal computation. Retrieved 18 Jan 2010, from http://www.acsa2000.net/bcngroup/jponkp/.