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Brain and Behavior. Vol. 1. Proceedings of the First Conference, 1961

George B. Udvarhelyi, M.D.
JAMA. 1962;181(7):655. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050330085028.
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This unorthodox volume is the result of a gathering of eminent specialists in the Brain Research Institute of the University of California Medical Center in Los Angeles. The conference was an effort to facilitate interdisciplinary communication. Authorities in various fields related to Brain and Behavior presented their results of analysis of each of the modalities of somatic sensibility, audition, and vision.

Dr. Magoun and Dr. Fremont-Smith express in the introductory remarks their scholarly opinions about the origin of ideas, "the role of impressions made on our senses by outward objects" (Locke), and about the unitarian concept of science itself. The text brings us beautiful presentations of the 3 main sensory systems: 1) the somatic system (155 pages), 2) the auditory system (86 pages), 3) the visual system (130 pages). The presentations are intimately associated with group discussions and the free associations of the discussants are truthfully recorded in the text.


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