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Brain, Perception, MemoryAdvances in Cognitive Neuroscience$
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Johan J. Bolhuis

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524823

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524823.001.0001

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How the brain learns about danger

How the brain learns about danger

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(p.253) 14 How the brain learns about danger
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Brain, Perception, Memory
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Karim Nader

Josep LeDoux

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524823.003.0017

This chapter has a different view of the role of the amygdala in information storage from that in the previous chapter. This issue was addressed in a recent commentary and by the experimental studies of Vazdarjanova and McGaugh. Later, this chapter suggests that it cannot be excluded that the amygdala has both a modulatory and a storage function. If anything, this discussion illustrates the difficulties involved in the localizing function in the field of learning and memory. An alternative approach to the study of the neural mechanisms of learning and memory is to formulate the processing requirements for a system that could subserve information storage, and to construct a model on the basis of these requirements. Numerous such modeling attempts employ the principles of parallel distributed processing, in which the strength of connections between units in multilayered networks represents stored information.

Keywords:   amygdala, neural mechanisms, learning and memory, parallel distributed processing, multilayered networks

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