Müller, Johannes

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Johannes Müller (1801–58) formulated the doctrine of specific nerve energies to account for the qualitative differences in experience provided by the senses. It states that we are not directly aware of external objects, but only of the activity of our nerves, and that the nerves for the special senses can each yield only a particular experience. Müller placed great emphasis on observation and thoroughness in conducting empirical research and attracted the ablest students to Berlin. His students ultimately overturned the vitalism that Müller himself continued to believe in.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences
EditorsMichael J. Aminoff, Robert B. Daroff
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851581, 9780123851574
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014


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