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NMDA receptors and developmental plasticity in visual neocortex

ALAIN ARTOLA and WOLF SINGER

in The NMDA Receptor

Second edition

Published in print February 1995 | ISBN: 9780192625021
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191724701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192625021.003.0014
NMDA receptors and developmental plasticity in visual neocortex

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Learning can be considered as a stimulus- and, hence, activity-dependent neuronal process that leads to a lasting change of stimulus-response relationships. The formation of a memory trace may thus be considered as a modification of the neuronal program that specifies input-output functions. This program is contained in the architecture of neuronal connectivity and in the transfer functions of these connections. Thus, any activity-dependent process that modifies, in a sufficiently stable and long-lasting way, the interactions between pairs of neurones could serve as a mechanism of learning.

Keywords: NMDA receptors; neuronal processes; learning; memory traces; neuronal connectivity

Chapter.  11152 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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