Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Second Edition

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9780123725400: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Second Edition

The first edition of Neurobiology of Learning and Memory was published in 1998 to rave reviews. As before, this second edition will discuss anatomy, development, systems, and models though the organization and content is substantially changed reflecting advances in the field.

Including information from both animal and human studies, this book represents an up-to-date review of the most important concepts associated with the basic mechanism that support learning and memory, theoretical developments, use of computational models, and application to real world problems.

The emphasis of each chapter will be the presentation of cutting-edge research on the topic, the development of a theoretical perspective, and providing an outline that will aid a student in understanding the most important concepts presented in the chapter.

*New material covers basal ganglia, cerebellum, prefrontal cortex, and fear conditioning
*Additional information available on applied issues (i.e., degenerative disease, aging, and enhancement of memory)
*Each chapter includes an outline to assist student understanding of challenging concepts
*Four-color illustrations throughout

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Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 2e investigates memory on multiple levels of analysis- looking at brain regions, systems that modulate memory, and how empirical findings can help answer real world issues. Covering recent research on humans, monkeys, and rats, the book discusses how different systems interact and influence each other, and the tools and techniques by which we can study the neurobiological aspects of learning and memory.

Divided into three sections, section one includes developmental and genetic contributions to memory, including the role of specific genes toward learning, memory formation, memory storage and retrieval. Additional coverage includes plasticity, the electrophysiology of cellular changes, the role of place cells in the hippocampus and interconnected neural circuits, the use of computational models to understand memory processes, and the influence of hormonal processes on learning and memory. Section two discusses the contribution of neural systems in mediating learning and memory. These chapters cover several neural substrates, including the medial temporal lobe, the frontal lobes, amygdala, basal ganglia, and cerebellum. Multiple approaches and techniques aimed at studying these brain regions are presented including, neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, lesion, pharmacology, fMRI, behavior and cognitive analysis. Section three emphasizes the applications of empirical findings to real world issues. These chapters cover issues of reward and drugs of abuse, the effects of aging on memory, the ability to enhance memory, and the importance of studying neurodegenerative diseases from both the molecular and treatment approaches.

Suitable as a textbook for graduate and upper level undergraduate courses in the neurobiology of learning and memory, this book will additionally appeal to researchers and libraries looking for a comprehensive overview of research in this rapidly advancing area.

About the Author:

Raymond Kesner is currently a Full Professor at the University of Utah where he has been a faculty member for 40 years. His major research interests are in the theoretical and applied aspects associated with the neurobiological basis of learning and memory in both animals and humans. He has also concentrated on the development of animal models paralleling mnemonic symptomatology in brain damaged patients.

Joe L. Martinez, Jr. is a Ewing Halsell Distinguished Chair at the University of Texas, San Antonio. His research focusses on the memory and the hippocampus with special attention to the opioid containing mossy fiver-CA3 projection. His recent work had identified important genes that are upregulated in the hippocampus following learning.

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