In Search of Memory The Emergence of a New Science of Mind

ISBN-10: 0393329372
ISBN-13: 9780393329377
Edition: 2007
Authors: Eric R. Kandel
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

"A stunning book."Oliver Sacks Charting the intellectual history of the emerging biology of mind, Eric R. Kandel illuminates how behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and molecular biology have converged into a powerful new science of mind. This science now provides nuanced insights into normal mental functioning and disease, and simultaneously opens pathways to more effective healing. Driven by vibrant curiosity, Kandel's personal quest to understand memory is threaded throughout this absorbing history. Beginning with his childhood in Nazi-occupied Vienna, In Search of Memory chronicles Kandel's outstanding career from his initial fascination with history and psychoanalysis to his groundbreaking work on the biological process of memory, which earned him the Nobel Prize. A deft mixture of memoir and history, modern biology and behavior, In Search of Memory traces how a brilliant scientist's intellectual journey intersected with one of the great scientific endeavors of the twentieth century: the search for the biological basis of memory. 50 illustrations.

Preface
Personal Memory and the Biology of Memory Storage
A Childhood in Vienna
An American Education
One Cell at a Time
The Nerve Cell Speaks
Conversation Between Nerve Cells
Simple and Complex Neuronal Systems
Different Memories, Different Brain Regions
Searching for an Ideal System to Study Memory
Neural Analogs of Learning
Strengthening Synaptic Connections
A Center for Neurobiology and Behavior
Even a Simple Behavior Can Be Modified by Learning
Synapses Change with Experience
The Biological Basis of Individuality
Molecules and Short-Term Memory
Long-Term Memory
Memory Genes
A Dialogue Between Genes and Synapses
A Return to Complex Memory
Synapses Also Hold Our Fondest Memories
The Brain's Picture of the External World
Attention Must Be Paid!
A Little Red Pill
Mice, Men, and Mental Illness
A New Way to Treat Mental Illness
Biology and the Renaissance of Psychoanalytic Thought
Consciousness
Rediscovering Vienna via Stockholm
Learning from Memory: Prospects
Glossary
Notes and Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

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