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Where did the ventricular localization of mental faculties come from?
J Hist Behav Sci. 2003 Spring; 39(2):131-42.JH

Abstract

During the Middle Ages it was widely believed that the various mental faculties-sensation, cognition, memory, and so forth-were each located in a specific part of the three ventricles that were thought to be housed in the brain. The origin of this scheme was commonly attributed to the ancient scholars, but it was rare for a specific individual to be identified as the originator. Modern researchers sometimes attribute it to Galen, but Galen was clear in his contention that the mental faculties were located in the substance of the brain rather than in the ventricles. It was only later scholars who, using Galen's anatomy as their basis, placed the mental faculties in the ventricles themselves. The system came together piece by piece over a period of centuries, probably not appearing fully in the form known to the Medieval world until the Middle Ages themselves. This article traces the development of the theory of ventricular localization of the mental faculties from the Ancient world to the early part of the Middle Ages.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Ontario. christo@yorku.ca

Pub Type(s)

Historical Article
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12720323

Citation

Green, Christopher D.. "Where Did the Ventricular Localization of Mental Faculties Come From?" Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, vol. 39, no. 2, 2003, pp. 131-42.
Green CD. Where did the ventricular localization of mental faculties come from? J Hist Behav Sci. 2003;39(2):131-42.
Green, C. D. (2003). Where did the ventricular localization of mental faculties come from? Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 39(2), 131-42.
Green CD. Where Did the Ventricular Localization of Mental Faculties Come From. J Hist Behav Sci. 2003;39(2):131-42. PubMed PMID: 12720323.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Where did the ventricular localization of mental faculties come from? A1 - Green,Christopher D, PY - 2003/4/30/pubmed PY - 2003/9/23/medline PY - 2003/4/30/entrez SP - 131 EP - 42 JF - Journal of the history of the behavioral sciences JO - J Hist Behav Sci VL - 39 IS - 2 N2 - During the Middle Ages it was widely believed that the various mental faculties-sensation, cognition, memory, and so forth-were each located in a specific part of the three ventricles that were thought to be housed in the brain. The origin of this scheme was commonly attributed to the ancient scholars, but it was rare for a specific individual to be identified as the originator. Modern researchers sometimes attribute it to Galen, but Galen was clear in his contention that the mental faculties were located in the substance of the brain rather than in the ventricles. It was only later scholars who, using Galen's anatomy as their basis, placed the mental faculties in the ventricles themselves. The system came together piece by piece over a period of centuries, probably not appearing fully in the form known to the Medieval world until the Middle Ages themselves. This article traces the development of the theory of ventricular localization of the mental faculties from the Ancient world to the early part of the Middle Ages. SN - 0022-5061 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12720323/Where_did_the_ventricular_localization_of_mental_faculties_come_from L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/jhbs.10088 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -