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The claustrum : structural, functional, and clinical neuroscience
The present day is witnessing an explosion of our understanding of how the brain works at all levels, in which complexity is piled on complexity, and mechanisms of astonishing elegance are beingExpand
Hypotheses relating to the function of the claustrum
This paper presents a new hypothesis as to the function of the claustrum. Our basic premise is that the claustrum functions as a detector and integrator of synchrony in the axonal trains in itsExpand
The Functional Neuroanatomy of Awareness: With a Focus on the Role of Various Anatomical Systems in the Control of Intermodal Attention
  • J. Smythies
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Consciousness and Cognition
  • 1 December 1997
This review considers a number of recent theories on the neural basis of consciousness, with particular attention to the theories of Bogen, Crick, Llinás, Newman, and Changeux. These theories allotExpand
An empirical refutation of the direct realist theory of perception
There are currently two main philosophical theories of perception ‐ Direct Realism and the Representative Theory. The former is supported by most contemporary philosophers, whereas the latter formsExpand
Telocytes, exosomes, gap junctions and the cytoskeleton: the makings of a primitive nervous system?
THE FACTS Telocytes (TCs) form a remarkable new cell species found in many types of tissue. They were discovered by Professor Laurentiu-Mircea Popescu of Roumania in 2005 (Popescu et al., 2005), andExpand
The role of telocytes in morphogenetic bioelectrical signaling: once more unto the breach
This paper explores the possibility that telocytes play a major role in morphogenetic bioelectrical signaling. Expand
Redox aspects of signaling by catecholamines and their metabolites.
  • J. Smythies
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Antioxidants & redox signaling
  • 2000
This review covers certain novel aspects of catecholamine signaling in neurons that involve redox systems and synaptic plasticity. The redox hypothesis suggests that one important factor inExpand
The neurotoxicity of glutamate, dopamine, iron and reactive oxygen species: Functional interrelationships in health and disease: A review — discussion
  • J. Smythies
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Neurotoxicity Research
  • 1 March 1999
The fact that glutamate, dopamine, iron and reactive oxygen species are potentially individually highly neurotoxic molecules is well known. The purpose of this review is to examine the less wellExpand
Molecular mechanisms for the inheritance of acquired characteristics—exosomes, microRNA shuttling, fear and stress: Lamarck resurrected?
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744–1829) was the author of the first scientific hypothesis about the inheritance of characteristics. He proposed that the changing environment causes changes in bodily organsExpand