Neural correlates of oder-guided behaviors


From the above considerations, it appears that the structural organization of the central nervous system, as defined by the anatomy, is not necessarily superposed on the one operating from the neurophysiological point of view, especially in the behaving model. The nested functional units have to be defined in terms of their spatial and temporal dimensions, and to be studied on an accurate scale which might call for complementary methods. As long as these basic principles are maintained, neuro-behavioral correlates can be observed in various organizational levels of the olfactory system. Moreover, it is possible to understand events at one spatio-temporal degree from what is known about the next degree on the scale. Simply, the events will be observed with some undeterminism, if the recording and analyzing methods are not adjusted accordingly, whenever the resolution of the study is reduced. This character is shared with experimental models in any other field of the sciences. The consistency of simultaneous neuronal and behavioral events merely illustrates the projection of the same reality onto the parallel planes of physiology and psychology. Finally, one could object that trying to construct bridges between the two phenomenologic levels is reductionism, in one direction, and irrationalism, in the other. In the present state of the art, it seems at least reasonable to predict that the neurophysiology of unpredictable events would progress further, due to the construction of intermediate arcs between the most extreme levels of organization in the behaving subject. *** DIRECT SUPPORT *** A2025171 00004

DOI: 10.1007/BF01942505

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@article{Pager1986NeuralCO, title={Neural correlates of oder-guided behaviors}, author={Jared Pager}, journal={Experientia}, year={1986}, volume={42}, pages={250-256} }