Author(s): Mountcastle, V.
Title: “An Organizing Principle for Cerebral Function: The Unit Model and the Distributed System”
Publication: in The Mindful Brain (Gerald M. Edelman and Vernon B. Mountcastle, eds.)
Publisher: MIT Press, Cambridge, MA 1978
Vernon Mountcastle presents a clear framework for understanding the unity of function across different specialized areas of the brain. Though each area does something different, it does it in the same way – through bi-directional (or multi-directional) spreading of activation reinforcing a resonance and association between neurons that leads to understanding.