Memory is a Feature of Neurons Rather Than a Function of Brain Systems

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Tue, Nov 23rd, 2010 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

New York University Neuroscience Professor Joseph LeDoux explains the relationship between memory and fear and whether you can trust your memory, in this video interview.

From the transcript: "Whenever we have a memory about some experience, it turns out that there are probably a lot of different systems in the brain that are being activated. As scientists, we sometimes talk about 'memory systems,' but I sort of think that that's a misnomer. Because if you think about what memory is, it's really plasticity in the nervous system. It's the ability of neurons in the brain to change and neurons in every part of the brain that we've looked at have this capability of changing, of become plastic when their experiences change."

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