COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION THEORY ASPECTS OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM.
Final rept., 1 Oct 64-30 Sep 66,
GENERAL DYNAMICS/ELECTRONICS ROCHESTER N Y
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Transmission of information in living organisms is conveyed through the nervous system. It was proved that this information is transmitted in coded form either as a unichannel-multicoding or a multichannel-multicoding system. Skin sensory receptors, such as the Pacinian corpuscle and the Lorenzini ampulla, were used in the experiments. It was found that different types of stimuli would elicit different types of coded signals. Acoustic stimuli reaching a high amplitude level were found to stimulate not only the organisms auditory system but also its skin sensory system thereby reinforcing the general stimulation of the nervous system. Furthermore, it was found that if these high amplitude stimuli are extended over a long period of time -- days, weeks, or months, depending on the stimulus -- then such high amplitude stimuli become obnoxious to the organism, affecting different organs and impairing their proper functioning. Author