Jerzy Konorski (1903-1973), Head of the Department of Neurophysiology (1946-1973) and Director of the Nencki Institute (1967-1973), significantly influenced the modern concepts of brain functioning. Together with Stefan Miller Konorski discovered and characterized instrumental conditioned reflexes. In his two seminal monographs (1948, 1967), Konorski integrated the classical Pavlovian theory with Sherringtonian neurophysiology, put forward the idea of neuronal plasticity as a basis for associative learning and concepts of „gnostic units” and integrative brain activity. Many aspects of modern neuroscience research are rooted in his ideas.
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