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Brief History of Work in the area of Learning and Memory • Basic Questions • how does memory work • are there different kinds of memory • what is their logic • where in the brain do we learn • where do we store what is learned as memory • can memory storage be resolved at the level of individual nerve cells
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Prior to the 19 century The early philosophical approaches used methods of introspection, logic, and argument to: • define broad constraints on knowledge and what was knowable • determine what was innate or acquired
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The late 19 th century brought quantitative study of mental processes • The 1885, Hermann Ebbinghaus monograph On Memory described systematic measurement of memory in terms of accuracy, retention, and capacity. This work also revealed some basic properties of memory such as differences in duration and the impact of repetition on retention. • In 1887 , Sergei Korsakoff published his work on a syndrome that established the use of memory disorders as a means of studying mnemonic processes.
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• In 1890, William James wrote Principles of Psychology that outlined sharp distinctions between short (primary) and long (secondary)
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course BIO 9.07 taught by Professor Ruthrosenholtz during the Spring '04 term at MIT.

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