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REVISEDOutline10f09 - Outline 10 Learning Memory and Neural...

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Outline 10: Learning, Memory and Neural Plasticity- Part 1 I. Overview The study of the neurobiology of learning and memory is concerned with how the brain: acquires retains and uses information B. The major questions: (1) What processes underlie the formation of memories? (2) What processes determine the strength of learning and memory? (3) Where are the changes underlying learning and memory located? Basic tenet: Learning IS (causes/results from) Brain Changes ----------------------------- Where are the changes? ----------------------------- II. Humans with damage involving the hippocampus A. H.M. * (1950's) -bilateral removal of medial temporal lobe including hippocampus to treat chronic severe drug resistant epilepsy. -This caused chronic enduring anterograde (forward moving) amnesia -no new long term memories - It caused only relatively limited retrograde amnesia - interference with previously formed memories Not impaired: IQ (this actually went up a bit after surgery), procedural learning (e.g., mirror tracing), motor skills, perceptual abilities *H.M.'s name, Henry Molaison, was revealed to the scientific community after his death on Dec. 2, 2008
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2010 for the course PSY 1 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

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