Activity Cycles in Neurons of the Reticular Formation

  • Madge E. Scheibel
  • Arnold B. Scheibel


In “Design for a Brain,” Ashby suggests that a guiding principle of brain function may be the quest for stability. Since the conditions of the real world to which each brain is linked are diverse, demanding in turn multiple simultaneous solutions by the nervous system, no one steady state is optimal. A mosaic of interlinked stability-seeking systems is predicted, leading to an operational definition of the brain as “a multistable system... of many ultrastable systems joined main variable to main variable, all the main variables being part-functions” [3]. The results of this study are considered relevant to stability-seeking operations of elements of the brain-stem reticular core.


Activity Cycle Reticular Formation Firing Behavior Presynaptic Inhibition Cyclic Activity 
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  • Arnold B. Scheibel

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