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The Mammalian Central Nervous System as a Network

Report Number: AMRL TR 67-187
Author: Rapoport, Anatol
Author: Horvath, William J.
Author: Small, R. Baldwin
Author: Fox, Stephen S.
Corporate Author: University of Michigan
Laboratory: Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories
Date of Publication: 1968-04
Pages: 672
Contract: AF 33(615)-2956
Project: 7233 - Biological Information Handling Systems and Their Functional Analogs
Task: 723304 - Neural Networks
AD Number: AD0670193

The central nervous system of mammals is described in terms of block diagrams and a 418 x 418 matrix showing the connections between identifiable sites. The terminology is neuroanatomical and the sites are the identifiable cell groupings (nuclei and other structures) in the brain and spinal cord. The connections between these sites were obtained from the published literature on the anatomy of the nervous system. The use of systems notation to describe this rich network of connections leads to a readily available data bank for carrying out various types of mathematical and theoretical studies, as well as a convenient reference and guide for future neurophysiological and anatomical research.

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