The Neurobiology of Memory: Concepts, Findings, Trends

The Neurobiology of Memory: Concepts, Findings, Trends

The Neurobiology of Memory: Concepts, Findings, Trends

The Neurobiology of Memory: Concepts, Findings, Trends

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1. Some Basic Notions and their Ontogenesis 2. Paradigms and Research Tools 3. Biological Universals 4. Cellular Mnemonic Devices Detected in Relatively Simple Nervous Systems: the Case of Aplysia 5. Cellular Mnemonic Devices Detected in Relatively Simple Nervous Systems: The Case of Hermissenda 6. A Cellular Mnemonic Device in the Mammalian Brain: Long-Term Potentiation 7. A Different Approach: Neurogenetics 8. On the Life Span of Molecules and Memories 9. On the Complexity of International Representations 10. In Search of the Topography of Engrams 11. Fragments of Engrams and of Memory Systems in the Vertebrate Brain 12. The Establishment of Innately Predisposed Representations in Sensitive Periods: Imprinting 13. The Establishment of Innately Predisposed Representations in Sensitive Periods: Bird Song 14. The Generation of Complex Internal Representations by Sensory Impressions and Their Use: Lessons from Monkeys and Vision 15. The Generation of Complex Internal Representations by Sensory Impressions and Their Use: Amnesias, Further Clues to Our Own Memories 16. Epilogue

Excerpt

This book was written for students taking advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on the neurobiology of learning and memory or other courses in neuroscience that cover this topic. I hope that the book may also be of interest to additional audiences.

I am very grateful to many colleagues who devoted their precious time to review various versions of selected chapters of the manuscript. They include Tom Abrams, Nachum Alon, Amos Arieli, Tim Bliss, Tom Brown, Yossi Buxbaum, Tom Carew, Terry Crow, Nelson Donegan, Eitan Domany, Rina Dudai, Tamar Flash, Joaquin Fuster, Al Galaburda, Howard Gardner, Amiram Grinvald, Haim Kahana, Al Kaye, Daphne Kidron, Mark Konishi, Rafi Malach, Heike Mitschulat, Haim Sompolinski, Menachem Segal, Yossi Shaul, Benny Shilo, Bolek Srebro, Avi Susswein, Vivian Teichberg, Shimon Ullman, Klaudius Weiss, Bob Werman, and Yossi Yarom. I alone am to blame for not always accepting their suggestions, for the resulting mistakes, and for the idiosyncrasy of some of the views. I am also grateful to Libette Chernobrov, from the Wix Library of the Weizmann Institute, for assisting me in obtaining books and journals, and to Oxford University Press for an enjoyable collaboration.

January 1989 Y. D.

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