Brain and Memory: Modulation and Mediation of Neuroplasticity

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James L. McGaugh, Norman M. Weinberger, Gary Lynch
Oxford University Press, Feb 23, 1995 - Psychology - 368 pages
We are approaching the end of the first century of attempts to discover how the brain enables us to acquire, retain, and use information based on experience. The past several decades especially have witnessed an ever accelerating pace of research. This increase is due in large part to the development of new techniques for the analysis of brain and behavior. But, to a greater extent, these advances have been fueled by some seminal findings and the accumulation of knowledge based on systematic inquiry in many laboratories around the world. This important volume, authored by internationally renowned leaders in the field, is a progress report on this burgeoning work. What processes underlie the formation of new memories? What determines their strength? Where are the changes underlying memory located? In judging recent progress, this book looks at what we have learned about each of these questions. Furthermore, the contributors look at how these questions are rephrased and refined by new findings, hypotheses, and theories. Topics include: emotion and memory, aging and memory, plasticity of the cerebral cortex, and synaptic connectivity and memory. This book will be welcomed by neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists, and cognitive scientists.
 

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Contents

The Amygdalas Role in Fear and Anxiety
3
Psychophysiology of Emotional Memory Networks in Posttraumatic
75
Emotions Multiple Effects on Memory
84
Conceptual and Methodological Issues
93
Animal Models
103
Animal Models of Multiple Neurotransmitter Interactions
127
The Dynamic Nature of Adult Visual Cortex
193
The Plasticity of Sensory Representations in Adult Primates
206
In Vitro Studies of Visual Cortical Plasticity
222
Mechanisms of Learning Memory and Plasticity
239
Gradients of Cortical Plasticity
250
Parallel Properties of LongTerm Potentiation and Memory
303
On the Relevance of LongTerm Potentiation to Learning and Memory
319
Is LongTerm Potentiation a Plausible Basis for Memory?
328
Index
339
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