Memory: From Mind to Molecules

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What is memory and where in the brain is it stored? How is memory storage accomplished? Two scientists responsible for some of the fundamental research in the field answer these key questions in Memory, the first book for a general readership to offer an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of memory from molecules and cells to brain systems and cognition.

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Overview

What is memory and where in the brain is it stored? How is memory storage accomplished? Two scientists responsible for some of the fundamental research in the field answer these key questions in Memory, the first book for a general readership to offer an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of memory from molecules and cells to brain systems and cognition.

Disc. declarative memory; priming, perceptual & emotional learning; biological basis of individuality; & more.

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Scientific American
...[The authors] present what they call "the molecular biology of cognition." Their account, amply and imaginatively illustrated, describes how memory functions and the molecular events that take place in the brain as a memory is formed....Their target is "the general reader who enjoys science..."
Scientific American
...[The authors] present what they call "the molecular biology of cognition." Their account, amply and imaginatively illustrated, describes how memory functions and the molecular events that take place in the brain as a memory is formed....Their target is "the general reader who enjoys science..."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716760375
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/15/2000
  • Series: Scientific American Library Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry R. Squire, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry, Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of California School of Medicine, San Diego and Research career Scientist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Diego. He has received many awards, including the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association.

Eric R. Kandel, M.D. founded the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University in New York, where he is currently University Professor and Senior Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Laboratories. He has won many prestigious awards, including the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, the National Medal of Science, and the Wolf Prize in Biology and Medicine.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 From Mind to Molecules 1
2 Modifiable Synapses for Nondeclarative Memory 23
3 Molecules for Short-Term Memory 47
4 Declarative Memory 69
5 Brain Systems for Declarative Memory 83
6 A Synaptic Storage Mechanism for Declarative Memory 109
7 From Short-Term Memory to Long-Term Memory 129
8 Priming, Perceptual Learning, and Emotional Learning 157
9 Memory for Skills, Habits, and Conditioning 175
10 Memory and the Biological Basis of Individuality 195
Further Readings 217
Sources of Illustrations 219
Index 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2000

    Nobel prizewinner with rolled up sleeves

    This is an engaging, conversational book about synaptic memory. It is informal but rigorous, and will give you a snapshot of this science at its zenith in the late 1990s. For perspective, see also 'Spikes', by Rieke et al, and a similarly titled book by Steven Rose, 'Making of Memory: from Molecules to Mind.' For fun, see also the science fiction classic, 'Hauser's Memory.'

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