Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Quartz & Sejnowski: Cognitive development

Without LTP the learning circuit is broken

Michael S. Fanselow a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563


Since learning emerges from a circuit mediating behavior it is unrealistic to require LTP to be a sufficient explanation of it; however, LTP is a necessary component of some learning circuits. The properties of that component bear a closer formal relationship to the acquisition of associative strength than to the modulation of attention.