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Science of Memory: Concepts$
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Henry L. Roediger, Yadin Dudai, and Susan M. Fitzpatrick

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310443.001.0001

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(p.207) Part 10 Retrieval
Science of Memory: Concepts

J. David Sweatt

Norman E. Spear

John M. Gardiner

Kathleen B. McDermott

Oxford University Press

This part presents four chapters on the concept of retrieval. The first chapter reviews four basic and greatly simplified sets of observations, that have been already published and which are relevant as a foundation for making some conclusions about how molecular mechanisms of retrieval might operate. It then presents some deductions, conclusions, and speculations about the molecular basis of retrieval and where the future might lie in this untapped area of molecular neurobiology. The next chapter discusses the apparent properties of retrieval and the characteristics of recently reactivated and recently acquired memories. The third refers to the concept of retrieval as information processing at a particular temporal stage of memory, namely that at which memory is made use of, and to the environment prevailing at that time, which includes the mental environment. The fourth chapter presents a synthesis of the chapters in this part.

Keywords:   molecular mechanisms, memory, memories, information processing, molecular neurobiology

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