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The Memory ProcessNeuroscientific and Humanistic Perspectives$
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Suzanne Nalbantian, Paul M. Matthews, and James L. McClelland

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014571

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014571.001.0001

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Molecular Genetic Approaches to Memory Consolidation

Molecular Genetic Approaches to Memory Consolidation

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(p.41) 2 Molecular Genetic Approaches to Memory Consolidation
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The Memory Process
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Alcino J. Silva

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014571.003.0003

This chapter describes how recent neuroscientific findings, including those from molecular genetics, are leading researchers to question the strong version of the consolidation theory and to formulate a more dynamic and adaptive view of memory. Recent molecular and cellular cognition studies in many laboratories led the author of this chapter to dramatically reconsider basic assumptions about memory processes. This reevaluation reflects exciting new molecular genetic findings that are changing the way memory is imagined and studied. According to the consolidation theory, the troublesome lapses or errors of memory that we all experience are no more than the necessary failings of an imperfect system forced to work with the difficult compromises of evolution. The consolidation theory's influence is still evident; it still manages to capture much of what is to be known about memory despite its obvious shortcomings.

Keywords:   molecular genetics, consolidation theory, cellular cognition studies, molecular genetic findings, memory, evolution

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