Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (1):92-93 (2007)

Abstract
“Decortication” does not distinguish between removing all cerebral cortex, including three-layered allocortex or just six-layered neocortex. Functional decortication, by spreading depression, reversibly suppresses only neocortex, leaving minimal intentionality. Removal of all forebrain structures except a hypothalamic “island” blocks all intentional behaviors, leaving only tropisms. To what extent do Merker's examples retain allocortex, and how might such residues affect his interpretations? (Published Online May 1 2007).
Keywords Cerebral Cortex*  Consciousness States*  Neurology*  Neuropsychology*  Experimental Psychology  Intention  Motivation  Neurophysiology
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DOI 10.1017/s0140525x07001008
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