Berger, Hans


Hans Berger (1873–1941), a German neuro‐psychiatrist, was the first to publish the human electroencephalogram, the recording of the electric activity of the human brain. The method kindled wide public interest for its alleged potential to read foreign minds. After its scientific soundness was confirmed, the method was quickly introduced in research for investigating the neuronal activity within the brain. In addition, it still is an important clinical tool, for example, for diagnosing epilepsy or other neurological conditions.

Keywords: Hans Berger; electroencephalography; EEG; diagnostic method; neuroscience

Further Reading

Berger H (1929) Über das Elektrenkephalogramm des Menschen. Archiv für Psychiatrie 87: 527–570.

Berger H (1969) On the electroencephalogram of man. Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology. Supplement 28: 37–320.

Borck C (2008) Recording the brain at work: The visible, the readable, and the invisible in electroencephalography. Journal of the History of the Neurosciences 17: 367–379.

Gloor Pierre (1969) Hans Berger and the discovery of the electroencephalogram. Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology. Supplement 28: 1–35.

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Borck, Cornelius(Sep 2009) Berger, Hans. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003565]