<i>Two Distinct Stages of Memory Consolidation</i>

Howard Eichenbaum

in The Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780195141740
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865741 | DOI:
 Two Distinct Stages of Memory Consolidation

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This chapter considers two aspects of memory consolidation, one that involves a fixation of memory within synapses over a period of minutes or hours, and another that involves a reorganization of memories that occurs over weeks to years. Topics discussed include cellular events that mediate memory fixation, modulation of memory fixation, influencing memory by hormonal activation associated with emotional arousal, the role of the amygdala in enhancing memory in humans, and brain systems that mediate prolonged processes in memory reorganization.

Keywords: memories; memory fixation; memory reorganization; declarative memory; amygdala; emotional arousal

Chapter.  9234 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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