TITLE

Physiology Since Pavlov

AUTHOR(S)
Gantt, W. Horsley
PUB. DATE
December 1941
SOURCE
New Republic;12/1/41, Vol. 105 Issue 22, p728
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Focuses on physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov and his chief discovery of the conditioned reflex. Exemplification of the embryological development of the individual by Pavlov; Statement that Pavlov made his great advances in the physiology of secretion as a result of the ingenious method he used to study secretion in the normal, intact healthy animal; Discussion of Pavlov's contributions to the study of the mental life; Difference between animal automaton and man; View of Pavlov that the physiological, or unconditioned reflex, secretion to be of the same order of phenomena as the psychical, or conditioned reflex; Fact that the fundamental and difficult discovery that a gland can be used as a quantitative index of excitation and inhibition in the brain; Emphasis on the fact that the reflex nature of the mental life depends upon laws, and determinism as a factor in the higher nervous activity; Discussion of the ingenious method of using the salivary gland as a measure of cortical excitation.
ACCESSION #
14692731

 

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