Neural Mechanisms in Somesthesis: Recent Progress and Future Problems

  • Vernon B. Mountcastle
Part of the Wenner-Gren Center International Symposium Series book series (WGS)


Professor Ottoson, friends and colleagues: I am pleased to be invited to attend this symposium, and to participate in this opening program. Firstly, because it honours Professor Yngve Zotterman, whom I admired greatly for his many contributions to the subject we address: the neural mechanisms in somesthesis. And, for his warm and effervescent personality, filled with collegiality for Neurophysiologists from every land. Secondly, because I have for a dozen years worked in a different field, the central neural mechanisms of spatial perception and directed visual attention. I hope this temporal detachment will lend some perspective to what I wish to say. That is, to summarize what I perceive to have been the main advances of the last decades; and, to suggest where opportunity lies in the years ahead.


Dorsal Column Postcentral Gyrus Spinothalamic Tract Primary Afferent Fiber Intralaminar Nucleus 
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© The Wenner-Gren Center 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vernon B. Mountcastle
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  1. 1.Bard Laboratories of Neurophysiology, Department of NeuroscienceThe Johns Hopkins UniversityMDUSA

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