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.
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