Comentarios Acerca del Uso de la Computadora en la Investigacion del Sistema Nervioso.

by Donald H. Perkel

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Transcript of an address in Spanish before the symposium on "Computacion en el Sistema Nervioso," VIII Congreso de la Asociacion Latinoamericana de Ciencias Fisiologicas, Mexico, D.F., 1967. Four levels of the use of the computer in investigating the nervous system are distinguished: (1) as a data-reduction device; (2) as a participant in neurophysiological or behavior experiments (e.g., in online control of stimulus presentations); (3) as a vehicle for realizing and observing models of neural action and interaction; and (4) as a model itself for interpreting nervous system operation. The author points out that the use of the computer is a natural extension of other tools and logical methods of accepted use in neurophysiology; he warns of facile comparisons between the human brain and the computer. 6 pp.

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