Providing the first glimpse of how associative memories are actually established in our brains, this book describes a research strategy for unravelling the mystery of memory and learning. The results of this experimental quest are described at several levels of biological complexity including animal behavior, neural systems, cellular and membrane physiology, and molecular regulation. The amply illustrated text is carefully structured to distinguish between observations and hypotheses, between attractive possibilities and empirical demonstrations. Dr Alkon progresses step-by-step through a series of experimental tests of intuitive conjectures on the nature of learning and memory. The book guides the reader through a scientific detective story that sheds new light on how we learn and how we remember.
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Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Simple systems; 3. Defining neural systems; 4. Neural systems of Hermissenda; 5. Relating neural change to behavioural change; 6. Design of neural systems; 7. The language of the nervous system; 8. The nature of learning-induced neural change; 9. A regenerative origin for a new class of biophysical phenomena; 10. Translation of psychological into biological phenomena; 11. A biophysical sequence; 12. Molecular regulation of membrane channels during learning; 13. A new network bias; 14. Molluscan versus mammalian brain; 15. Other models and observations; 16. Model building from molluscan and mammalian parallels; 17. Mollusc versus mammal: nonparallels; 18. Biological records of memory; Appendix; Index.
Memory Traces in the Brain by Daniel L. Alkon
Daniel L. Alkon
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