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In Search of Memory : The Emergence of a New Science of Mind - Eric R. Kandel

In Search of Memory

The Emergence of a New Science of Mind

Paperback Published: 17th March 2007
ISBN: 9780393329377
Number Of Pages: 512

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Memory binds our mental life together. We are who we are in large part because of what we learn and remember. But how does the brain create memories? Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel intertwines the intellectual history of the powerful new science of the mind a combination of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and molecular biology with his own personal quest to understand memory. A deft mixture of memoir and history, modern biology and behavior, In Search of Memory brings readers from Kandel's childhood in Nazi-occupied Vienna to the forefront of one of the great scientific endeavors of the twentieth century: the search for the biological basis of memory.

About the Author

Eric R. Kandel is Kavli Professor and University Professor at Columbia University and senior investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2000. He lives in New York City.

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"A scrupulously detailed yet magnificently panoramic autobiography." -- Sherwin B. Nuland - New York Times Book Review "Arresting-indeed, unforgettable." -- Howard Gardner - Washington Post "An enchanting book." -- Nancy C. Anderson - Science "Few can interlace their autobiography with the evolution of a scientific paradigm. Even fewer can weave such a story seamlessly. Eric Kandel is one of these." -- Yadin Dudai - Nature "Beyond autobiography, the book is also an accessible introduction to contemporary neuroscience, the study of how the brain produces thought and action. Included are brilliant vignettes on the history of neuroscience." -- Times Literary Supplement "[A] scintillating mix of memoir, history of science, and fundamental biology without peer. It shows compellingly what first-rate science is and how it is created." -- E.O. Wilson, author of The Diversity of Life "Written with talent and grace, this extraordinary book by one of the greatest scientists of the mind alive will be read with delight by general readers as well as by students and scholars." -- Elie Wiesel, author of Night

Prefacep. xi
Personal Memory and the Biology of Memory Storagep. 3
A Childhood in Viennap. 12
An American Educationp. 33
One Cell at a Timep. 53
The Nerve Cell Speaksp. 74
Conversation Between Nerve Cellsp. 90
Simple and Complex Neuronal Systemsp. 103
Different Memories, Different Brain Regionsp. 116
Searching for an Ideal System to Study Memoryp. 135
Neural Analogs of Learningp. 150
Strengthening Synaptic Connectionsp. 165
A Center for Neurobiology and Behaviorp. 180
Even a Simple Behavior Can Be Modified by Learningp. 187
Synapses Change with Experiencep. 198
The Biological Basis of Individualityp. 208
Molecules and Short-Term Memoryp. 221
Long-Term Memoryp. 240
Memory Genesp. 247
A Dialogue Between Genes and Synapsesp. 261
A Return to Complex Memoryp. 279
Synapses Also Hold Our Fondest Memoriesp. 286
The Brain's Picture of the External Worldp. 295
Attention Must Be Paid!p. 307
A Little Red Pillp. 319
Mice, Men, and Mental Illnessp. 335
A New Way to Treat Mental Illnessp. 352
Biology and the Renaissance of Psychoanalytic Thoughtp. 363
Consciousnessp. 376
Rediscovering Vienna via Stockholmp. 393
Learning from Memory: Prospectsp. 416
Glossaryp. 431
Notes and Sourcesp. 453
Acknowledgmentsp. 485
Indexp. 489
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ISBN: 9780393329377
ISBN-10: 0393329372
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 17th March 2007
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.9  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1

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