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30 years later: On the problem of the relation between structure and function in the brain from a contemporary viewpoint (1996), part II.
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PMID:  11500572     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the first half of the present paper, which appeared in vol. 3, issue 4 issue of Motor Control, the authors elaborated on Bernstein's (1935/1967) idea of the ambiguity of the relationship between the central command and the peripheral effect. The authors presented maybe the strongest statement so far: It is because the means are variant that the results can be invariant. As in Bernstein's 1935 paper, this was taken as evidence that there is no one-to-one relationship between structure and function in the brain. The authors discussed the history of localization theories, pointing out that neither strong localizationism nor strong anti-localizationism (as in Lashley's equipotentiality) would help understand the relation between brain structure and function. In order to understand the nature of a "brain center" for a function, the authors argued, one has to understand the concept of "function" itself. The development of "function" does not imply that the organism learns to (re)act in a stereotyped fashion, but that a control matrix is established, with non-single-valued relationships, allowing the organism to (re)act differently every time, in accordance with the need and actual situation. At the end of the first part of the paper, the authors emphasized the importance of a new basic logic of neurophysiology. In that sense, there are certain parallels between neurophysiology in the 60s (and also today, the present editors would add) and physics around the turn of the century, when Maxwell, Boltzmann, Planck, and others, created a completely new framework for theoretical physics.
L P Latash; M L Latash; O G Meijer
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comment; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Motor control     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1087-1640     ISO Abbreviation:  Motor Control     Publication Date:  2000 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-08-13     Completed Date:  2001-08-30     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9706297     Medline TA:  Motor Control     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  125-49     Citation Subset:  IM    
Chicago, IL.
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MeSH Terms
Biophysical Phenomena
Brain / physiology*
Brain Mapping*
Models, Theoretical
Nerve Net / physiology
Neurons / physiology
Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
Synaptic Transmission / physiology
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Motor Control. 1999 Oct;3(4):332-42   [PMID:  10712064 ]

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