Learning to remember

the biological basis of memory

Susannah Tye

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Cross-cultural introduction to bioethics
EditorsDarryl R. J Macer
Place of PublicationChristchurch, N. Z.
PublisherEubios Ethics Institute
Pages229-234
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0908897235
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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    Tye, S. (2006). Learning to remember: the biological basis of memory. In D. R. J. Macer (Ed.), A Cross-cultural introduction to bioethics (pp. 229-234). Christchurch, N. Z.: Eubios Ethics Institute.