Introduction: Four Themes in Research on the Neurobiology of Memory

Howard Eichenbaum

in The Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory

Second edition

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199778614
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932962 | DOI:
Introduction: Four Themes in Research on the Neurobiology of Memory

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This chapter introduces some of the philosophical and historical underpinnings of research on the biological bases of memory. It begins by presenting four central themes that have guided memory research for over a hundred years: connection, cognition, compartmentalization, and consolidation. Substantial preliminary evidence regarding each of these themes emerged during a ‘Golden Era’ for neuroscience in the latter half of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. A brief introduction to some of these accomplishments provides the background for a subsequent, more detailed summary of progress on each of the four central themes in the remainder of the book.

Keywords: memory; connection; cognition; compartmentalization; consolidation; neuroscience

Chapter.  10019 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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