The Potentials of the Brain: Progress in Clinical Neurophysiology

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 717–718. Reviews the books, Progress in Clinical Neurophysiology, Vol. 1: Attention, Voluntary Contraction and Event-Related Cerebral Potentials edited by John E. Desmedt (see record 1978-31071-000); and Progress in Clinical Neurophysiology, Vol. 2: Auditory Evoked Potentials in Man. Psychopharmacology Correlates of Evoked Potentials edited by John E. Desmedt (see record 1978-31072-000). The first volume, Attention, Voluntary Contraction and Event-Related Cerebral Potentials, contains three sections, each discussing different topics. The first section is on “methodology and publication criteria.” The second section is a discussion of cerebral mechanisms underlying selective attention and is both exciting and disappointing. The last section is on event-related cerebral potentials and the initiation of voluntary contraction. The second volume, Auditory Evoked Potentials in Man: Psycho pharmacology Correlates of Evoked Potentials, consists of 13 papers constituting an excellent introduction and review of the origins of auditory evoked potentials (‘brainstem as compared to cortex) and how such potentials are affected by the parameters of the auditory stimulus. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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