Single Units and Sensation: A Neuron Doctrine for Perceptual Psychology?

  title={Single Units and Sensation: A Neuron Doctrine for Perceptual Psychology?},
  author={H. B. Barlow},
  pages={371 - 394}
  • H. Barlow
  • Published 1 December 1972
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Perception
The problem discussed is the relationship between the firing of single neurons in sensory pathways and subjectively experienced sensations. The conclusions are formulated as the following five dogmas: To understand nervous function one needs to look at interactions at a cellular level, rather than either a more macroscopic or microscopic level, because behaviour depends upon the organized pattern of these intercellular interactions. The sensory system is organized to achieve as complete a… 

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