Molecules, Systems, and Behavior: Another View of Memory Consolidation

William Bechtel

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195304787
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199891993 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Molecules, Systems, and Behavior: Another View of Memory Consolidation

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This article examines the behavioural aspects and the molecular and cellular processes in the brain associated with memory consolidation. It suggests that ruthless reduction and mechanistic reduction are both reductionist in that they recognize the importance of seeking knowledge of brain processes at different levels of organization to understand cognitive function. They are also united in standing opposed to the attempts to divorce psychology and cognitive science from being constrained by our rapidly growing knowledge of brain processes and they both agree that information about molecular and cellular processes is also of potentially great relevance to understanding memory consolidation.

Keywords: memory consolidation; molecular processes; cellular processes; behavioral aspects; brain process; psychology; cognitive science; ruthless reduction; mechanistic reduction

Article.  13237 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Science

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