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THE THEORY OF THE ORGANISM-ENVIRONMENT SYSTEM: II. SIGNIFICANCE OF NERVOUS ACTIVITY IN THE ORGANISM-ENVIRONMENT SYSTEM

Jarvilehto, Timo (1998) THE THEORY OF THE ORGANISM-ENVIRONMENT SYSTEM: II. SIGNIFICANCE OF NERVOUS ACTIVITY IN THE ORGANISM-ENVIRONMENT SYSTEM. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The relation between mental processes and brain activity is studied from the point of view of the theory of the organism-environment system. It is argued that the systemic point of view leads to a new kind of definition of the primary tasks of neurophysiology and to a new understanding of the traditional neurophysiological concepts. Neurophysiology is restored to its place as a part of biology: its task is the study of neurons as living units, not as computer chips. Neurons are living units which are organised as metabolic systems in connection with other neurons; they are not units which would carry out some psychological functions or maintain states which are typical only of the whole organism-environment system. Psychological processes, on the other hand, are processes always comprising the whole organism-environment system.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:Neuron - organism-environment system - mental activity - localization - systems
Subjects:Psychology > Behavioral Analysis
Neuroscience > Behavioral Neuroscience
Biology > Theoretical Biology
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Computer Science > Neural Nets
Neuroscience > Neurophysiology
Neuroscience > Neuropsychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Psychology > Physiological Psychology
Psychology > Psychobiology
ID Code:365
Deposited By:Jarvilehto, Timo
Deposited On:20 Oct 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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