Bell and Magendie - forward conduction : LUSENET : History & Theory of Psychology : One Thread

Does anyone know what forward conduction is in relation to Bell and Magendie's discoveries about nerves?

-- Kathy Serfin (, February 25, 2002


E. G. Boring, in A History of Experimental Psychology (Appleton- Century-Crofts, 1950) states:

"Bell established ... what was later called the 'law of forward direction in the nervous system,' that is to say, the fact that conduction in a nerve normally occurs in only one direction. This law is basal to the conception of reflex action and the reflex arc." (p. 32)

-- Hendrika Vande Kemp (, February 26, 2002.

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