Brain Injury and Recovery: Theoretical and Controversial by C. Robert Almli, Stanley Finger, T.E. LeVere, Donald G.

By C. Robert Almli, Stanley Finger, T.E. LeVere, Donald G. Stein

The concept for the current quantity grew from discussions that the 4 folks had between ourselves and with our colleagues at fresh clinical conferences. we all have been inspired via the wealth of empirical information that was once being generated through investigators drawn to mind harm and restoration from either behavioral and organic orientations. however, we have been inquisitive about the relative paucity of makes an attempt to guage the information supplied by means of new applied sciences in additional than a slender context or to provide new theories or reexamine known rules within the gentle of latest findings. We well-known that technology is guided by means of new applied sciences, via challenging facts, and by means of theories and ideas. but we have been compelled to finish that, even though investi­ gators have been usually apprehensive to publicize new tools and empirical fmdings, an analogous couldn't be stated approximately large hypotheses, underlying thoughts, or in­ ferences and speculations that prolonged past the empirical info. not just have been many scientists now not officially discussing the vast implications in their info, yet, whilst stimulating rules have been provided, they have been likely to be heard within the halls or over a meal than in equipped periods at clinical meetings.

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Most of my arguments have been with study sections and with the editors of journals, whose judgments have only very rarely indicated that they understood what I was doing. But they were not completely to blame. Most of my work has been conducted in the eddies of the mainstream, and my reasons for doing it were often not completely clear to me. I am not ashamed to say that because, in my experience, a person who can give you all the reasons has either obtained them from somebody else or is planning a trivial pursuit.

1970). , 1978; Lavond and Dewberry, 1980). For a time, we believed that it was possible to think that animals with posterior injuries fail to remember the black-white problem because, prior to surgery, they had learned the problem by responding to visual-detail cues. , 1972). We thought it was sound when we compared the rates of learning of the problem by normal and posteriorly decorticated subjects, which Lashley (1935) had found to be exactly the same in his pioneering studies of the question.

LeVERE quences of such injuries. One particularly enlightening experiment was reported some time ago by Sprague (1966). It involved cats, large neocortical injuries, and the animal's ability to orient to visual stimuli. It was Sprague's finding that unilateral lesions that involved virtually all neocortex associated with vision resulted in a severe and persistent contralateral hemianopia. Although this was an obvious result of neocortical injury of this magnitude, what was not so obvious was that the hemianopia could be reversed by a contralateral superior colliculus lesion.

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