Memory: From Mind to Molecules

  • Squire, Larry R. (University of California, San Diego)
  • Kandel, Eric R. (Columbia University)
Copyright Year:2009
Specifications:256 pages, hardback, printed in full color

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About this Title

Combining insights from both cognitive neuroscience and molecular biology, two of the world's leading experts address memory from molecules and cells to brain systems and cognition. What is memory and where in the brain is it stored? How is memory storage accomplished? This book touches on these questions and many more, showing how the recent convergence of psychology and biology has resulted in an exciting new synthesis of knowledge about learning and remembering. Memory: From Mind to Molecules is an ideal primer for courses on learning and memory or for general readers who are interested in discovering what is currently known about one of the basic aspects of human existence.

About the Authors

Larry R. Squire is professor of psychiatry, neurosciences, and psychology at the University of California School of Medicine, San Diego, and Research Career Scientist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Diego. The author of Memory and Brain, he has received many awards, including the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association and the Karl Lashey Prize from the American Philosophical Society.

Eric R. Kandel founded the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University in New York, where he is currently University Professor and Senior Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The coauthor of Principles of Neural Science, he has won many prestigious awards, including the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, the National Medal of Science, the Wolf Prize in Biology and Medicine, and the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Table of Contents

1 From Mind to Molecules
2 Modifiable Synapses for Nondeclarative Memory
3 Molecules for Short-Term Memory
4 Declarative Memory
5 Brain Systems for Declarative Memory
6 A Synaptic Storage Mechanism for Declarative Memory
7 From Short-Term Memory to Long-Term Memory
8 Priming, Perceptual Learning, and Emotional Learning
9 Memory for Skills, Habits, and Conditioning
10 Memory and the Biological Basis of Individuality
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"In a book that is as fascinating as it is authoritative, Larry Squire and Eric Kandel explain the insights and breakthroughs that have illuminated the mysteries of memory."
—Daniel L. Schacter, Author of Searching for Memory

"Few areas of neuroscience are ready to boast of an understanding that spans from molecules to minds. Memory is ready, and Squire and Kandel, two of the leading researchers who got us there, take us on a delightful journey, explaining not just current facts but also the often fascinating history behind the big discoveries. I loved it and recommend this very readable and beautifully illustrated book to all who want to know how memory works."
—Joseph LeDoux, Author of The Emotional Brain

"A masterly and enthralling synthesis."
—Torsten Wiesel, Rockefeller University

"A lucid and engaging book by two grandmasters of the field."
—Samuel H. Barondes, UC San Francisco