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Sensory Communication

Walter A. Rosenblith


This book is the result of an interdisciplinary, two-week international symposium on principles of sensory communication hosted by MIT in July 1959. This symposium brought together prominent neuroscientists, life scientists, physical scientists, and engineers who “were willing to listen to neurophysiologists expound up-to-date neurophysiology, or psychophysicists talk about contemporary psychophysics, without being satisfied with their own version of the other man’s science.” The work presented forms the basis of much of the contemporary research in vision and perceptual science. First publish ... More

Keywords: international symposium, sensory communication, vision, perceptual science, neuroscientists, life scientists, physical scientists, engineers, neurophysiology, psychophysics

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780262518420
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262518420.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter A. Rosenblith, editor

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3 On Psychophysiological Models

J. C. R. Licklider

9 The Absolute Sensitivity of the Human Sense of Smell

Vries Hessel De, and Stuiver Minze

18 Adaptation: Loss or Gain of Sensory Information?

Keidel Wolf D., Keidel Ursula O., and Wigand Malte E.

24 Gustatory Discharges in the Rat Medulla and Thalamus

Pfaffmann Carl, R. P. Erickson, G. P. Frommer, and B. P. Halpern

34 The Reactivity of the Nervous System in the Light of the Past History of the Organism

Neurophysiological Laboratory,2 Massachusetts General Hospital, Research Laboratory of Electronics,3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Department of Anatomy,4 University of California, Los Angeles

38 Two Remarks on the Visual System of the Frog

J. Y. Lettvin, H. R. Maturana, W. H. Pitts, and W. S. Mcculloch


Walter A. Rosenblith

40 Editor’s Comment

Walter A. Rosenblith