In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind

In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind

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by Eric R. Kandel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393329372

ISBN-13: 9780393329377

Pub. Date: 03/19/2007

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

“A stunning book.”—Oliver Sacks
Memory binds our mental life together. We are who we are in large part because of what we learn and remember. But how does the brain create memories? Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel intertwines the intellectual history of the powerful new science of the mind—a combination of cognitive psychology,

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“A stunning book.”—Oliver Sacks
Memory binds our mental life together. We are who we are in large part because of what we learn and remember. But how does the brain create memories? Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel intertwines the intellectual history of the powerful new science of the mind—a combination of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and molecular biology—with his own personal quest to understand memory. A deft mixture of memoir and history, modern biology and behavior, In Search of Memory brings readers from Kandel's childhood in Nazi-occupied Vienna to the forefront of one of the great scientific endeavors of the twentieth century: the search for the biological basis of memory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393329377
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/19/2007
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
227,703
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
1
Personal Memory and the Biology of Memory Storage     3
A Childhood in Vienna     12
An American Education     33
2
One Cell at a Time     53
The Nerve Cell Speaks     74
Conversation Between Nerve Cells     90
Simple and Complex Neuronal Systems     103
Different Memories, Different Brain Regions     116
Searching for an Ideal System to Study Memory     135
Neural Analogs of Learning     150
3
Strengthening Synaptic Connections     165
A Center for Neurobiology and Behavior     180
Even a Simple Behavior Can Be Modified by Learning     187
Synapses Change with Experience     198
The Biological Basis of Individuality     208
Molecules and Short-Term Memory     221
Long-Term Memory     240
Memory Genes     247
A Dialogue Between Genes and Synapses     261
4
A Return to Complex Memory     279
Synapses Also Hold Our Fondest Memories     286
The Brain's Picture of the External World     295
Attention Must Be Paid!     307
5
A Little Red Pill     319
Mice, Men, and MentalIllness     335
A New Way to Treat Mental Illness     352
Biology and the Renaissance of Psychoanalytic Thought     363
Consciousness     376
6
Rediscovering Vienna via Stockholm     393
Learning from Memory: Prospects     416
Glossary     431
Notes and Sources     453
Acknowledgments     485
Index     489

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