Offers a clear presentation of the integration of psychological concepts of learning and memory and the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and systems neuroscience

Third Edition

Jerry W. Rudy, University of Colorado Boulder

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Brief Contents

About the Book

To understand how the brain learns and remembers requires an integration of psychological concepts and behavioral methods with mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and systems neuroscience.


The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Third Edition provides a synthesis of this interdisciplinary field. Each chapter makes the key concepts transparent and accessible to a reader with minimal background in either neurobiology or psychology and is extensively illustrated with full-color photographs and figures depicting important concepts and experimental data.

Dynamic New Enhanced eBook Features

Learning Objectives at the chapter level

Animations based on key textbook figures

A variety of multiple-choice self-assessment questions at the section level

A complete set of flashcards to reinforce the key terms presented in each chapter

New to This Edition

  • An Enhanced eBook exclusively featuring the following student resources:

- Learning Objectives at the chapter level
- Animations based on key textbook figures
- A variety of multiple-choice self-assessment questions at the section level

- A complete set of flashcards to reinforce the key terms presented in each chapter

  • Many chapters have been extensively revised to accommodate new findings and provide more coherent views of their subjects, including:

- Separate chapters on the generation and stabilization of long-term memory

- Consolidating LTP: Specific Mechanisms has been reconstructed to give proper treatment to the local events in the dendritic spine region that consolidate memories

- Maintaining Long-Term Potentiation has been revised to provide a broader view of the topic

  • New chapters focus on recent advances in the neurobiology of forgetting (The Yin and Yang of Memory: Forgetting versus Maintenance), the search for engrams (Hunting for Engrams), and what happens to memories over time (When Memories Age)

Chapter 1. Introduction: Fundamental Concepts
and Historical Foundations

PART 1: Synaptic Basis of Memory

Chapter 2. Memory and the Brain: Central Concepts
Chapter 3. Generating Long-Term Potentiation
Chapter 4. Stabilizing Long-Term Potentiation
Chapter 5. Consolidating LTP: Translation and Transcription
Chapter 6. Consolidating LTP: Specific Mechanisms
Chapter 7. Maintaining Long-Term Potentiation
Chapter 8. Bringing It All Together

PART 2: Molecules and Memory

Chapter 9. Making Memories: Conceptual Issues and Methodologies

Chapter 10. Memory Formation: Early Stages

Chapter 11. Memory Consolidation

Chapter 12. Memory Modulation Systems

Chapter 13. The Yin and Yang of Memory: Forgetting versus Maintenance

Chapter 14. Hunting for Engrams

Chapter 15. The Fate of Retrieved Memories


PART 3: Neural Systems and Memory


Chapter 16. Memory Systems and the Hippocampus

Chapter 17. The Hippocampus Index and Episodic Memory

Chapter 18. When Memories Age

Chapter 19. Actions, Habits, and the Cortico-Striatal System

Chapter 20. Learning about Danger: The Neurobiology of Fear Memories

The Ancillary Resource Center (ARC) contains additional teaching tools

Figures and Tables: All of the illustrations and photos from the textbook are provided as JPEGs, optimized for use in presentation software


PowerPoint Resources: Two PowerPoint presentations are provided for each chapter of the textbook:

- All figures and photos

- A complete lecture outline, including selected figures


Test Bank: A comprehensive set of questions is provided for each chapter, including multiple-choice, matching, essay, definition, and paragraph development questions that cover the full range of material in the chapter, aligned to the book’s new learning objectives. The Test Bank is provided in Microsoft Word format as well as in a common cartridge format.

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