Psychology (1904)Book - 2009
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III A SKETCH OF THE GENERAL RELATIONS OF CONSCIOUSNESS TO NEURAL ACTION It will greatly facilitate our subsequent understanding of the operations of consciousness if we pause to examine at this point some of the things which the nervous system is able to accomplish without the direct assistance of the mind, together with certain general relations of consciousness to neural action. Such an examination will bring us face to face with one or two of the fundauiental principles, pr laws, which control neural action. A Matter of Terminology. -- Let it be understood once and for all that wherever we speak, as occasionally we do, as though the mind might in a wholly unique manner step in and bring about changes in the action of the nervous system, we are employing a convenient abbreviation of expression which harmonises with the ordinary everyday methods of thinking and speaking about these relations. The real fact appears to be, as we observed in the previous chapter, that whenever we have mental activity, we have also neural activity in the cerebral cortex. The basal distinction in the two kinds of nervous action to which we are referring in this chapter is, therefore, not primarily between a form in which the mind suddenly produces changes in the nerves as against one in which it does not, but rather a distinction between certain kinds of neural activity involving consciousness, e. g., cortical activity of the cerebrum, and certain other kinds not involving it, e. (]., spinal cord reflexes. To use on every occasion the long modifying phrases necessary to precise accuracy on this matterwould evidently be unduly cumbrous, and so we shall employ the commoner modes of expression, but the fundamental facts which lie behind these convenient metaphors must not be forgotte...
Publisher: [S.l.] : General Books LLC, c2009.
Characteristics: vi, 259 p. ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: Psychology