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Memory: From Mind to Molecules

(Scientific American Library Series #69)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  9 reviews
What is memory and where in the brain is it stored? How is memory storage accomplished? Two scientists responsible for some of the fundamental research in the field answer these key questions in Memory, the first book for a general readership to offer an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of memory from molecules and cells to brain systems and cognition.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 15th 2000 by W. H. Freeman (first published January 1st 1999)
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Eric Herod
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A great overview of how memory is processed at the molecular level in the brain. I definitely learned a lot and plan on going back to this book again periodically as a reference. I would not recommend this to anyone who has not had exposure to introductory readings in neuroscience as it tends to get technical in places, presupposing the reader has a foundation for the concepts. An understanding of transcription and translation as well as some familiarity with cell signalling will make for a much ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I would give this book 5 stars were it not so old now. Even so, it felt worth reading. The authors were very careful in making statements about then-current knowledge, and both seem to have been on the cutting edge of research at the time. Even lacking a molecular biology or cognitive neuroscience background, clear writing and plentiful diagrams and illustrations usually got me through at least the gist of things. I believe it has probably given me a good understanding to build upon and to under ...more
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review: Memory: from Mind to Molecules by Squire, Latry R. and Kandel. Eric R

Behold, another great book about neuroscience. This, however, is probably a textbook for students of brain science and requires much more effort than two others I have recently read, Consciousness and the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene, and The Rough Guide to the Brain by Barry J. Gibb. Inasmuch as I am semi-literate in biology, much less, neuroscience, my ability to understand the basic points of this excellent, very well
Il est typiquement scientifique, facile à lire, avec un langage fluide et nécessitant pas des pré-requis très solide, je le recommande vivement aux gens soucieux de leurs mémoires et des techniques d'apprentissage.
Dianne Lange
Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
A textbook really, but written so well that some smart publisher should reissue it--with some editing--for anyone interested in how the brain stores memories and how we learn.
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
very clear defined memory processes
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Also by Eric Kandel. In-depth look at how memory works by two neuroscientists who pioneered the field of memory.
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modern thinking on memory from Kandel & friend ...more
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Superb book providing the physiology at the molecular level of how our brains store memories. Fascinating read, but highly technical.
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Larry Squire is a Professor of Psychiatry, Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of California, San Diego.

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