Brainwaves: A Cultural History of Electroencephalography

Brainwaves: A Cultural History of Electroencephalography

by Cornelius Borck

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317172802
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/29/2018
Series: Science, Technology and Culture, 1700-1945
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 334
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Cornelius Borck is Professor of History, Theory and Ethics of Medicine and Science and Director of the Institute of History of Medicine and Science Studies at the University of Luebeck, Germany.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Brain Waves Then and Now

  1. Electrifying Brain Images
  2. Hans Berger’s Long Path to the EEG
  3. Current in the Head

    Research Strategies of a Conservative Psychiatrist

    The Measure of Psychic Energy

    The Course to Current

    Amplified Oscillations

    Artefacts and Noise

    Invitation to Stockholm

  4. Electrotechniques of the Live Mind
  5. Cultural Currents 1918–1933

    The Bioengineer and Psychodiagnostics

    Nerve Apparatus and Psychic Circuits

    Thought Rays and Radio-Telepathy

    Configurations of Electrotherapy in the Radio Age

    Poetics of New Objectivity in Brain Script

    The Experimentalization of Daily Life

  6. Terra nova: Contexts of Electroencephalographic Explorations
  7. Epistemic Resonances and Material Cultures

    Berger’s Further Voyage through Brain Waves

    Local Appointment in Buch near Berlin

    Acknowledgment with British Understatement

    The Leap over the Pond

    The Matrix of the Waves

  8. Set to and Survey Much!
  9. On the Cultural Practice of a New Technology

    Dynamics of Standardization

    A Diagnostic Panopticon

    Under the Shock Spell

    The Electrical Brain at Auschwitz

  10. Designing, Tinkering, Thinking

What’s Hidden inside the EEG?

Rapid Vibrations of Thought

The Concert of Cerebral Currents

A German Physiologist’s Lofty Flights

The Brain as a Cybernetic Machine

Brain Theories out of the Model Building-Block Box

Conclusion - Plea for an Open Epistemology

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