We count learning, perception, conception, cognition, and intention among the higher functions of the higher vertebrate brain. Those mental functions are called ‘higher’ because they are the most complex of all, and for being peculiar to the most advanced animals in the phylogenetic tree. And they are called ‘functions,’ and more precisely ‘specific functions,’ because they are processes in special subsystems of the brain, much as breathing is the specific function of the lungs.
KeywordsNeural System Voluntary Movement High Vertebrate Connectivity Matrix High Function
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