Herbert Weingartner Laboratory of Psychology and Psychopathology National Institute of Mental Health
Elizabeth S. Parker Laboratory of Clinical Studies National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
This volume is concerned with characteristics of memory consolidation. It addresses a historically classic concept that has been used to define aspects of learning, retention, memory, and related cognitive operations. The contributors to this volume explore a variety of issues that describe facets of memory consolidation. These include the biology, pathology, neuropsychology, neuropharmacology, and the behavioral events that are elements of the structure of such a construct. Questions are raised and discussed, such as: Is memory consolidation a useful metaphor? Under what circumstances? What types of biological and behavioral events are relevant in considering such a construct? What aspects of memory and memory phenomena require a memory consolidation explanation?
The volume has a second related agenda, namely to bring together historically disparate approaches to the study of learning and memory. Considerations of the biology, psychology, and pathology of human and lower animal learning and memory have progressed separately. This has seriously compromised what we might learn about complex memory-learning-cognitive phenomena. We believe that if we are to make substantial progress in understanding the psychobiological determinants of cognitive processes, then we must be prepared to integrate theory and data from these different areas of investigation. Without such a