Learning and memory systems

Heather Ashton

in Brain Function and Psychotropic Drugs

Published in print August 1992 | ISBN: 9780192622426
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191724749 | DOI:
Learning and memory systems

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The process of learning involves physical as well as functional changes in the brain. Yet there is no separate structure for memory, which resides to some degree in every living cell. In the central nervous system, various structures make particular contributions to certain aspects of memory, and there is considerable localization of function for specialized forms of memory. This chapter outlines the general organization of learning and memory systems and some of the mechanisms thought to be involved.

Keywords: learning; memory; localization; central nervous system; specialized memory; physical changes; functional changes

Chapter.  11473 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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