Multiple memory systems There is a large variety of forms of memory beginning with elementary and non-associative types of memory, including habituation and sensitization, and reaching the most complex forms of associative memory, including episodic memory and semantic memory. Importantly, the topic of memory is closely related to learning, which is the process by which memories are obtained, and learning is not exclusive to but includes various forms of conditioning and reinforcement learning , both of which are also covered as major topical areas in Scholarpedia. Declarative memory A major breakthrough in understanding memory systems and their underlying brain mechanisms began with the study of a patient known by his initials H. This case involved an experimental surgical treatment for epilepsy in which the medial temporal lobe was removed. The surgery largely ameliorated the seizures but unexpectedly left H. Despite his inability to remember new information, H.
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He passed away unexpectedly last week at the age of His research was directly on the boundary between basic neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience, making the connections from neurobiological studies done with rats to how human memory works.
He was particularly well known as a teacher and mentor. His passing was noted to the MDRS community by his good friend Neal Cohen, which elicited a remarkable outpouring of affection and kind words about Howard. Neal also shared this obituary: Howard B. Eichenbaum Howard B. Eichenbaum, a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University, and an internationally recognized figure in advancing our understanding of the fundamental nature and brain mechanisms of memory, died in Boston on July 21, following recent spine surgery at age He is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Karen J.
Shedlack; two sons, both pursuing graduate studies, Alexander E. Eichenbaum and Adam S. This post has no tag Leave a Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.
Learning & Memory / Edition 1
Utilizing three key strategies, the book achieves this synthesis by first taking an interdisciplinary approach, integrating theories and research from the fields of animal learning, human memory, and neuroscience. Next, Eichenbaum incorporates animal and human research literature throughout to give the book a strong comparative dimension. Finally, Eichenbaum organizes the text around multiple memory systems, moving from simple to more complex forms of learning and memory. About the Author: Howard Eichenbaum Ph. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at M. His research focuses on how memories are represented and organized in the brain to support our capacity for conscious recollection.
Learning and Memory by Howard Eichenbaum (2008, Hardcover)
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Learning and Memory