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Unformatted text preview: described his experiments on animals, usually birds, to study the 1 www.brainconnection.com/tops/?main=fa/brain-myth2 different functions and properties of their nervous system. 2 These experiments were the first actual displays of localizing certain brain functions. In Flourens’ experiments, he removed specified parts of the brain to see what behavioral functions would be altered. For example, if he where to remove the cerebellum, then the bird’s motor dexterity and equilibrium would be affected/absent, depending on the size of the ablation. 3 Flourens, being one of Gall’s biggest critics, knew that there were separate regions of the brain that had separate functions, but they had to be working together for the total function of the brain as a whole or “equipotential”. 2 www.serendip.brynmawr.edu/Mind/Adaptation.html 3 www.brainconnection.com/topics/?main=fa/brain-myth 2...
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- Fall '10
- Phrenology, Johann Spurzheim, Jean Pierre Flourens, Marie Jean Pierre Flourens