Enhanced learning protects memory against amnesic treatments

ROBERTO A. PRADO-ALCALÁ, GUILLERMO COBOS-ZAPIAÍN, RIGOBERTO SALADO-CASTILLO, CÉSAR QUIROZ, MARÍA EUGENIA GARÍN-AGUILAR, ARNULFO DÍAZ

Abstract


We present a brief description of the classic techniques used in the neurobiological study of memory, and of the experimental results that gave way to the theory of memory consolidation. We also describe those experiments that have given place to a reinterpretation of that theory, applicable to the formation of memory of high levels of learning. The data derived from neurobiological studies of memory, where learning is achieved through relatively low levels of reinforcement, low number of trials, or small number of training sessions, as well as those derived from situations of increased levels of learning, can be explained in a simple manner by two models that we have proposed: serial and parallel processing of information, which are discussed in the text.

Keywords


learning; memory; amnesia; nervous system; serial processing; parallel processing; overtraining; overreinforcement

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5514/rmac.v32.i2.23275


Editor in Chief:

Dr. Carlos J. Flores-Aguirre

editor_general@rmac-mx.org

ISSN: 0185-4534

ISSN Electrónico: 2007-0802