How Memory Speaks


BOOK REVIEW

I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia, Authors: Su Meck and Daniel de Visé.

Memory: From Mind to Molecules, Authors: Larry R. Squire and Eric R. Kandel.

Madness and Memory: The Discovery of Prions—A New Biological Principle of Disease, Author: Stanley B. Prusiner, MD.

The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging, Author: Margaret Lock.

The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia, Author: David Stuart MacLean.

By Jerome Groopman – It turns out that our records of life experiences are gradually transformed into a more permanent form in which they are relatively stable.

Neuroscientists use the term “consolidation” to describe these post-experience processes of memory stabilization. Consolidation involves reorganization of the brain both at the level of synapses—the connections between nerve cells—and at the level of brain regions. Within hours, consolidation at synapses is complete, with changes in localized neurocircuits.

Regional consolidation is a more prolonged process and involves the gradual reorganization of areas of the brain that support memory.

Remarkably, the molecules that serve as building blocks for memory are highly similar across species, so that snails and fruit flies learn in ways roughly comparable to mammals. more> http://tinyurl.com/p4jwcv7

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