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Science of Memory: Concepts$
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Henry L. Roediger, Yadin Dudai, and Susan M. Fitzpatrick

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310443.001.0001

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(p.75) Part 4 Plasticity
Science of Memory: Concepts

John H. Byrne

Chris I. De Zeeuw

John T. Bruer

Edvard I. Moser

Oxford University Press

This part presents four chapters on the concept of plasticity. The first chapter reviews some relatively new concepts related to plasticity as well as the relationship between plasticity and memory. The second defends the following view: plasticity is a use-dependent, structural change at the cellular level in the nervous system, which is necessary and possibly also sufficient to induce long-lasting functional changes that are usually beneficial for the organism. The third attempts to characterize how the concept of plasticity is used in psychology and neuroscience at levels of analysis ranging from the behavioral level to the molecular. The fourth chapter presents a synthesis of the chapters in this part.

Keywords:   memory, psychology, neuroscience, use-dependent, nervous system

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