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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393058638

ISBN-13: 9780393058635

Pub. Date: 03/13/2006

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

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

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9780393058635
Publisher:
W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date:
03/13/2006
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(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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In Search of Memory 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fabulous book from a distinguished scientist who has spent his career in search of memory. Part memoir, part history of neuroscience, and part pop science account, this is definitely an informative and even an entertaining read. It is filled with colorful characters from the past and present of neuroscience, some famous, some primarily known within their particular field of research. One of these colorful characters was Alden Spencer, who was one of Kandel's colleagues, who had a sharp mind and died at a tragically young age. The book also contains some very interesting information about the brain basis of mental illness, including some interesting rodent studies. Also discusses a merging of biological and psychoanalytical thought, plus some recent ideas about consciousness. Overall, a very worthwhile and enjoyable read, for the scientist and general reader alike, delivered with the same thoughtfulness and attention to detail as in his co-authored textbook, Principles of Neural Science.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding book that weaves biography and science. In the process you may gain an understanding and appreciation for the way scientists do their work. Kandel has made a real effort to make the complex intelligible to the general reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i have ever read. Eric makes a careful synthesis of Science and Biography, and maintains the equilibrium throughout the book. Though i am not with a medical background, i could get the basics of memory and physiology. When outlining a complex scientific theories, he accompanies them with relevent basics, which makes you not to feel 'Greek to me'. I recommend everyone to read this book and take the benefit of one of the most important discoveries of 20th century.
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