Memory : From Mind to Molecules

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-02-01
  • Publisher: W H Freeman & Co

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What is memory and where in the brain is it stored? How is memory storage accomplished? Combining the latest from both psychology and biology, two of the world's leading experts address these key questions in Memory, the first book to offer an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of memory from molecules and cells to brain systems and cognition. Memory outlines the historical roots of the recent convergence of psychology and biology and shows how their combined strength has resulted in an exciting new synthesis of knowledge about learning and remembering. New discoveries include the existence of multiple memory systems that divide up the workload of remembering (one handles facts and past experiences, another handles motor and perceptual strategies, etc...) and how memory storage leads to changes in the function and anatomical structure of specific connections between the nerve cells of the brain. Other issues explored in Memory include: -- What happens in the brain to determine whether we remember something for a long time? -- Is memory stored at a particular place in the brain? -- How reliable are our memories? What makes memories deteriorate? -- Why is it harder to remember as we get older? -- How do emotions influence memory? -- Are there unconscious memories? Written by two scientist responsible for some of the most fundamental research in the field, and full of real-life examples and four-color illustrations. Memory is perfect for general audiences who are interested in discovering what is currently known about one of the most fundamental aspects of human existence.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
From Mind to Molecules
Modifiable Synapses for Nondeclarative Memory
Molecules for Short-Term Memory
Declarative Memory
Brain Systems for Declarative Memory
A Synaptic Storage Mechanism for Declarative Memory
From Short-Term Memory to Long-Term Memory
Priming, Perceptual Learning, and Emotional Learning
Memory for Skills, Habits, and Conditioning
Memory and the Biological Basis of Individuality
Further Readings 217(2)
Sources of Illustrations 219(6)
Index 225

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