To understand how the brain learns and remembers requires an integration of psychological concepts and behavioral methods with mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and systems neuroscience. The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Second Edition provides a synthesis of this interdisciplinary field. Each chapter makes the key concepts transparent and accessible to a reader with minimal background in either neurobiology or psychology and is extensively illustrated with full-color photographs and figures depicting important concepts and experimental data. Like the First Edition, the Second Edition is organized into three parts. However, each part has been expanded to include new chapters or reorganized to incorporate new findings and concepts.
Jerry W. Rudy is College Professor of Distinction in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. The author of over 150 peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters, Dr. Rudy has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, Psychobiology, Developmental Psychobiology (Editor in Chief), Behavioral Neuroscience, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Learning and Memory, and Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (Associate Editor). His research is focused primarily on understanding the complementary contributions the hippocampus and neocortex make to learning and memory and the influence immune products have on memory.
1. Introduction: Fundamental Concepts and Historical Foundations.- PART I: SYNAPTIC BASIS OF MEMORIES 2. Mechanisms of Synaptic Plasticity: Introduction .- 3. Modifying Synapses: Central Concepts.- 4. Generating and Stabilizing the Trace.- 5. Consolidation of Synaptic Changes: Translation and Transcription .- 6. Consolidation of Synaptic Changes: Specific Mechanisms.- 7. Maintaining the Consolidated Trace.- 8. Toward a Synthesis.- PART II: MOLECULES AND MEMORIES 9. Making Memories: Conceptual Issues and Methods.- 10. Memory Formation: Early Stages.- 11. Memory Consolidation.- 12. Memory Maintenance and Forgetting.- 13. Memory Modulation Systems.- 14. The Fate of Retrieved Memories.- PART III: NEURAL SYSTEMS AND MEMORY 15. Memory Systems and the Hippocampus.- 16. The Hippocampus Index and Episodic Memory.- 17. Hippocampal System: Episodic Memory, Semantic Memory, and Ribot's Law.- 18. Actions, Habits, and the Cortical-Striatal System.- 19. Learning about Danger: The Neurobiology of Fear Memories.