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The Anatomical Substrate for Telencephalic Function


Part of the Advances in Anatomy Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 117)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. C. L. Veenman, H. Kern, M. Rickmann
    Pages 58-60
  3. C. L. Veenman, P. Wahle, P. van Mier
    Pages 61-69
  4. C. Leonardus Veenman, Dagmar Crzan, Helene Kern, Michael Rickmann, Petra Wahle, Peter van Mier
    Pages 96-97
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 98-112

About this book


The basic thesis for this study was that the telencephalon is needed to make decisions in new situations. Subsidary hypotheses were that the telencephalon consists of: (a) a sensorimotor system which generates motor activity from sensory input and (b) a selection system which makes choices from possible motor programs. It was postulated that the selection system should fulfil the following requirements: be accessible for past and present events, have the capacity to process this information in a nondetermined way with a possibility for ordering, and have access to motor-affecting systems (the sensorimotor system). The ability of the selection system to correlate information in a nonpredetermined way was considered most important. In short: The selection system should be able to associate any information in any combination, and have the capability for internal control of neuronal activity and external selection of motor programs (see Fig. IA. ) Xenopus laevis was chosen as a subject, since it has a relatively simple tel­ encephalon, with characteristics that it shares with "primitive" species of different vertebrate classes, and because it is easy to maintain as a laboratory animal. The main method used was the determination of connections with HRP. The pallium was in the focus of attention, since it was considered to be the core of the selection system. Immunohistochemistry was used as an additional parameter to compare Xenopus laevis forebrain with those of other vertebrates.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anatomy and NeurobiologyThe University of Tennessee, Memphis The Health Science Center, College of MedicineMemphisUSA
  2. 2.Abteilung NeurobiologieMax-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie, Am FaßbergGöttingenGermany
  3. 3.Abteilung EntwicklungsneurobiologieZentrum -1- Anatomie Georg-August-UniversitätGöttingenGermany
  4. 4.Department of Anatomy and NeurobiologyWashington University, School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Anatomical Substrate for Telencephalic Function
  • Authors C. Leonardus Veenman
    Dagmar Crzan
    Helene Kern
    Michael Rickmann
    Petra Wahle
    Peter van Mier
  • Series Title Advances in Anatomy Embryology and Cell Biology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-51229-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-74808-0
  • Series ISSN 0301-5556
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-7065
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 110
  • Number of Illustrations 33 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Anatomy
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