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the history of mnemic psychology

Richard Lanyon rlanyon at plato.wadham.ox.ac.uk
Fri Aug 20 05:02:11 EST 1999

On Thu, 19 Aug 1999 17:38:49 GMT, *Hemidactylus* wrote:
> In article <slrn7rng5c.t5h.rlanyon at plato.wadham.ox.ac.uk>,
>   rlanyon at plato.wadham.ox.ac.uk wrote:
> > On Thu, 19 Aug 1999 02:25:54 GMT, *Hemidactylus* wrote:

> > > I also recall Karl Lashley as being
> > > attributed with the engram idea before.

> > IIRC, Lashley published a paper called "In search of the engram" or
> > some such. His take was basically that it was foolish to try and pin
> > down the engram to a specific site in the brain, based on lesion data
> > in the rat where no matter which bit of cortex he ablated, the animals
> > would eventually learn some tasks somehow.

> Does this relate to field theory or equipotentiality, issues discussed by
> Donald Hebb in _The Organization of Behavior_?

I'm mainly remembering this from an undergrad lecture of some years
ago, but Lashley's work was cited as being the force behind the theory
of equipotentiality, yes.

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