Chapter Objectives : Our ability to learn, retain and recall information requires that it become 'hard-wired' in the neuronal circuitry of our brain. As our understanding of the biological mechanisms of memory evolves, we face new opportunities in the treatment of memory disorders, as well as in the enhancement of normal memory function. This chapter aims to: 1.Describe short-term and long-term memory; 2.Outline the biological mechanisms of memory consolidation; 3.Discuss the degenerative memory disorder Alzheimer's disease and associated ethical issues; 4.Discuss the neuroethical concerns associated with artificial memory enhancement.
|Title of host publication||A Cross-cultural introduction to bioethics|
|Editors||Darryl R. J Macer|
|Place of Publication||Christchurch, N. Z.|
|Publisher||Eubios Ethics Institute|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|