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Psychological Refractory Period

  • By: Eric Ruthruff
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Mind
  • Edited by: Harold Pashler
  • Subject:Linguistics (general), Cognitive Psychology (general)

After a neuron fires, it becomes temporarily unable to fire again, no matter how great the excitation. In 1931, Charles Telford wondered whether higher level cognitive processes might be subject to an analogous limitation. That is, after one act of cognition, ...