Principles of Learning and Memory

Birkhäuser
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Principles of Learning and Memory focuses on the most topical and central phenomena, which are discussed from an interdisciplinary point of view in five sections: formation, organization, consolidation, control, and adaptive specialization of memories. The editors present state-of-the-art reviews that cover the experimental analysis of behavior, as well as the biological basis of learning and memory, and that overcome traditional borders separating disciplines. The chapters present and evaluate core findings of human learning and memory that are obtained in different fields of research and on different levels of analysis (e.g. cellular, neural network, behavioral level). The volume provides an integrated pattern of results wherever this is possible. The reader acquires a broad and integrated perspective of human learning and memory based on current approaches. This textbook is of interest to researchers and advanced students in biology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science.
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Birkhäuser
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Published on
Dec 6, 2012
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Pages
358
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ISBN
9783034880305
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English
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Medical / Neuroscience
Psychology / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
Psychology / General
Science / Life Sciences / Neuroscience
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / General
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