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December 2021

Sigmund Freud and the Crick-Koch hypothesis - A footnote to the history of consciousness studies

Journal/Book: Int J Psycho Anal. 1999; 80: 63 New Cavendish Street, London, England W1M 7Rd. Inst Psycho-Analysis. 543-548.

Abstract: The author describes Crick and Koch's recently developed theory of the neurophysiological basis of consciousness as synchronised neural oscillations. The thesis that neural oscillations provide the neurophysiological basis for consciousness was anticipated by Sigmund Freud in his 1895 'Project for a scientific psychology'. Freud attempted to solve his neuropsychological 'problem of quality' bl means of the hypothesis that information concerning conscious sensory qualities is transmitted through the mental apparatus by means of neural 'periods'. Freud believed that information carried by neural oscillations would proliferate across 'contact-barriers' (synapses) without inhibition. Freud's theory thus appears to imply that synchronised neural oscillations are an important component of the neurophysiological basis of consciousness. It is possible that Freud's thesis was developed in response to the experimental research of the American neuroscientist M. M. Garver.

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Keyword(s): VISUAL-CORTEX; CAT; OSCILLATIONS


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