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Memory, Imprinting, and the BrainAn Inquiry into Mechanisms$
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Gabriel Horn

Print publication date: 1985

Print ISBN-13: 9780198521563

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521563.001.0001

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Biochemical consequences of imprinting

Biochemical consequences of imprinting

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(p.34) 2 Biochemical consequences of imprinting
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Memory, Imprinting, and the Brain
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Gabriel Horn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521563.003.0002

This chapter examines biological aspects of imprinting. Several forms of learning involve a response to or the association of a response with a particular experience. In such ‘incremental’ forms of learning, the neural change associated with information storage is the strengthening of synaptic linkages between neurons. This hypothesis implies an increase in protein synthesis in the regions of the brain where information is stored. Studies of imprinting in the domestic chick have shown that exposure to a visually conspicuous object is associated with increased incorporation of a radioactive amino acid into protein, and of radioactive uracil into RNA.

Keywords:   information storage, brain, synaptic linkage, RNA, protein metabolism

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