As little as 10 years ago, it was believed that memory went from short to long term via one consolidation practice that made that memory intractable. Since then, research has shown that long-term memories can be activated, modified, and reconsolidated in their new form. This research indicates that memories are more dynamic than once believed. And understanding how this process works and helping people to redefine established memories can be clinically useful if those memories lead to problems, as is the case in post-traumatic stress disorder.

This book provides a comprehensive overview of research on memory reconsolidation; what this has to say about the formation, storage, and changeability of memory; and the potential applications of this research to treating clinical disorders.

Key Features

  • Presents both neuroscience and psychological research on memory reconsolidation
  • Discusses what findings mean for understanding memory formation, storage, and retrieval
  • Includes treatment applications of these findings


Researchers in neuroscience and cognitive science studying memory.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. The Discovery of Memory Reconsolidation

1.1 A brief history


Chapter two. The Dynamic Nature of Memory

2.1 When does reconsolidation occur and what is it doing?

2.2 Possible links between Reconsolidation and memory maintenance mechanisms

2.3 Memory malleability phenomena and memory reconsolidation

2.4 Conclusion


Chapter 3. Mechanisms and Functions of Hippocampal Memory Reconsolidation

3.1 Hippocampal memory reconsolidation

3.2 Reconsolidation at the neurophysiological level

3.3 Boundary conditions on hippocampal memory reconsolidation

3.4 Memory reconsolidation updates memories

3.5 Summary and implications


Chapter four. Reconsolidation of Pavlovian Conditioned Defense Responses in the Amygdala

4.1 Amygdala and defense fear conditioning

4.2 Molecular mechanisms of memory reconsolidation

4.3 Relationships between memory extinction and reconsolidation processes

4.4 Organization of fear memory associations

4.5 Conclusions


Chapter five. Memory Reconsolidation: Lingering Consolidation and the Dynamic Memory Trace

5.1 Definitions of memory consolidation and reconsolidation

5.2 Consolidation and reconsolidation of Single trial inhibitory avoidance conditioning

5.3 Memory reconsolidation and the passage of time

5.4 Functions of memory reconsolidation: updating and strengthening

5.5 Memory strengthening via reconsolidation: mechanisms and potential applications

5.6 Pharmacological disruption of reconsolidation: weakening pathogenic memories

5.7 A model for memory reconsolidation in hippocampal-dependent memories


Chapter six. Memory Reconsolidation Versus Extinction

6.1 Memory reconsolidation versus conso


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"Exploring theories and findings about the dynamic nature of memory, psychologists and a few neurologists look in particular at memory reconsolidation, a process that is evoked by memory retrieval and is important for memory persistence…The volume provides specialists and other scientists a snapshot of the current state of memory studies."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013