Between local cultures and national styles: Units of analysis in the history of electroencephalography

Cornelius Borck*

*Corresponding author for this work
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The history of the discovery of the human electroencephalogram (EEG) and the ensuing implementation of electroencephalography is characterized by striking national differences. The first publication on the EEG in 1929 by the German psychiatrist Hans Berger was met with skepticism. Substantial work in this area did not start before the public demonstration of the EEG by the British neurophysiologist Edgar Douglas Adrian in 1934. Soon afterwards, many groups specialized in the new method, particularly in the US, whereas interest remained more limited in France and Britain. A comparative analysis of the rise of electroencephalography has certainly to account for such national differences, but the trajectory of the implementation of this technology calls for an investigation of local research cultures in order to identify units of productivity and to understand the dynamics along this trajectory. To cite this article: C. Borck, C. R. Biologies 329 (2006).

Original languageEnglish
JournalComptes Rendus - Biologies
Issue number5-6
Pages (from-to)450-459
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 01.05.2006


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