Time to rethink the neural mechanisms of learning and memory

  title={Time to rethink the neural mechanisms of learning and memory},
  author={Charles R. Gallistel and Peter D Balsam},
  journal={Neurobiology of Learning and Memory},
Most studies in the neurobiology of learning assume that the underlying learning process is a pairing - dependent change in synaptic strength that requires repeated experience of events presented in close temporal contiguity. However, much learning is rapid and does not depend on temporal contiguity, which has never been precisely defined. These points are well illustrated by studies showing that the temporal relations between events are rapidly learned- even over long delays- and that this… CONTINUE READING

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