Self-Stimulation Alters Human Sensory Brain Responses

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Science  13 Jul 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4095, pp. 175-177
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4095.175


Human electrocortical potentials evoked by self-administered auditory and visual stimuli manifest much smaller amplitude and faster poststimulus timing than do average brain responses evoked by identical machine-delivered stimuli. Auditory evoked potentials show this "self-stimulation effect" to a greater degree than do visual responses. For visual evoked potentials, the effect appears greater at the vertex association area than over the occipital cortex. Individual differences in the magnitude of the "self-stimutlation effect" relate to level of intelligence.