Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Quartz & Sejnowski: Cognitive development

Long-term potentiation: Does it deserve attention?

Shane M. O'Mara a1, Sean Commins a1, Colin Gemmell a1 and John Gigg a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland


Shors & Matzel's target article is a thought-provoking attempt to reconceptualise long-term potentiation as an attentional or arousal mechanism rather than a memory storage mechanism. This is incompatible with the facts of the neurobiology of attention and of the behavioural neurophysiological properties of hippocampal neurons.