Cybernetic model of psychophysiological pathways: I. Control functions

G. Leisman, P. Koch

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Electrophysiological events carry information, but the signals are not specific for a given bit of information. Therefore, the nervous system is required to extract the information from a multitude of signals. The process of information recognition is achieved by a superization process, i.e., by means of transition from many lower-order signals to a superior-order signal. In this way, a gradual recognition of the respective signal's emitting sources is realized. The recognition is performed with the aid of certain logical circuits representing models of different sources written in the structure of the neuronal network. In this manner, the nervous system passes step by step from control by means of signals to control by means of information. The superior structures can thereby exert much more subtle control and supervise the inferior structures that work by signals. However, because this control cannot refine all the general information of the inferior structures, psychophysiological dysfunction may occur. The nature of the superization process form signals to information is examined in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-108
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chiropractic


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