Mechanisms of Memory

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780126789577
eBook ISBN: 9780080521961
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 16th October 2003
Page Count: 350
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This book stands as the first unified overview of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying higher-order learning and memory. It integrates modern discoveries concerning learning and memory disorders such as mental retardation syndromes and Alzheimer's Disease, while also emphasizing the results gained from the cutting-edge research methodologies of genetic engineering, complex behavioral characterization, proteomics, and molecular biology. This book provides a foundation of experimental design that will be useful to all students pursuing an interest in laboratory research. This book is an enlightening and invaluable resource for anyone concerned with memory mechanisms.

Key Features

  • Presents a unified view of memory mechanisms from behavior to genes and drawing examples from many different brain regions, types of learning, and various animal model systems
  • Includes numerous practical examples for the new investigator on how to implement research program in the area of learning and memory
  • Provides a balanced treatment of the strengths and weaknesses in modern experimental design


Neuroscience graduate students and researchers interested in learning and memory, as well as neurologists and psychiatrists.

Table of Contents

Introduction - the basics of psychological learning and memory theory Rodent behavioral learning and memory models The hippocampus serves a role in multimodal information processing, and memory consolidation Long-term Potentiation as a physiological phenomenon Complexities of Long-term Potentiation The biochemistry of LTP induction Biochemical mechanisms for short-term information storage at the cellular level Biochemical mechanisms for long-term information storage at the cellular level LTP does not equal memory Inherited disorders of human memory—mental retardation syndromes Aging-related memory disorders—Alzheimer's DiseaseThe chemistry of perpetual memory


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"The book is well written and includes interesting and illustrative text inserts as well as colorful fugures with detailed explanations. Mechanisms of Memory is a successful integration of recent discoveries and technological advances applied to learning and memory at many different levels that will appeal to its target audience of advanced undergraduates and graduates across a number of disciplines." --AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY (November 2005, 162:11) "This is an exceptional book in more than one aspect. David Sweatt has written a monograph in which long term potentiation (LTP) is central issue. However, this book is not an endless presentation of all the numerous experiments into a context of learning and memory...the book presents a real opportunity for the advanced student, and the interested scientists, to learn more about LTP and how to put it into a perspective...The illustrations in the book are of high quality, informative and to the point. Every chapter is introduced at an abstract level, the last item I wanted to mention which makes this a special book, bringing long term reminiscences of Rothko and Pollock." - Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy (2005)