Biology of Memory - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125643504, 9780323141505

Biology of Memory

1st Edition

Editors: Karl Pribram
eBook ISBN: 9780323141505
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1970
Page Count: 336
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Biology of Memory investigates the biological basis of memory and covers topics ranging from short- and long-term post-perceptual memory to memory storage processes, memory microstructures, chemical transfer, and neuronal plasticity. The activity of neuronal networks in the thalamus of the monkey is also examined, along with integrative functions of the thalamocortical visual system of the cat.

Comprised of 20 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the mechanisms that inhibit or interfere with short- and long-term memory, followed by a discussion on different retrieval mechanisms for short- and long-term memory. The reader is then introduced to the role of short- and long-term memory in the formation, retention, and utilization of associations, together with the link between memory and the medial temporal regions of the brain. Subsequent chapters focus on anatomical and chemical changes in the brain during primary learning; cellular models of learning and cellular mechanisms of plasticity in Aplysia; trace phenomena in single neurons of hippocampus and mammiliary bodies; and plasticity in single units in the mammalian brain. The book concludes with a description of Occam (Omnium-Gatherum Core Content Addressable Memory), a computer program for a content addressable memory in the central nervous system.

This monograph will be useful to biologists, behavioral psychologists, neuropsychologists, neurophysiologists, biophysicists, and biochemists as well as computer scientists and mathematicians.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Part I. Analyzing the Issues

Short- and Long-Term Postperceptual Memory: Dichotomy or Continuum?

Short- and Long-Term Memory: Different Retrieval Mechanisms

Short- and Long-Term Memory for Associations

Recent Analyses of Short-Term Memory

Comparative Investigation of the Short- and Long-Term Memory Span

Memory and the Medial Temporal Regions of the Brain

Memory Storage Processes

Primary and Secondary Memory in Short-Term Retention

Part II. Memory Microstructures

Evidence for Anatomical and Chemical Changes in the Brain during Primary Learning

Neuropsychological Consequences of Altered Sensory Inputs

The Question of a Molecular Basis for the Memory Trace

Part III. Chemical Transfer

Chemical Transfer of Training: Three Years Later

Attempts to Transfer Approach and Avoidance Responses by RNA Injections in Rats

Part IV. Neuronal Plasticity

Cellular Models of Learning and Cellular Mechanisms of Plasticity in Aplysia

The Aftereffects Due to an Intracellular Electric Stimulation of the Giant Νeuron "Α" in the Left Parietal Ganglion of the Mollusk

Trace Phenomena in Single Neurons of Hippocampus and Mammiliary Bodies

Investigations of Plasticity in Single Units in the Mammalian Brain

Part V. Realizing the Models

The Activity of Neuronal Networks in the Thalamus of the Monkey

Integrative Functions of the Thalamocortical Visual System of Cat

Occam: A Computer Model for a Content Addressable Memory in the Central Nervous System

Author Index

Subject Index


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