Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Open Peer Commentary
Quartz & Sejnowski: Cognitive development

Arousing the LTP and learning debate


Stephen Maren a1
a1 Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1109 maren@umich.edu www-personal.umich.edu/~maren/

Abstract

Shors & Matzel provide compelling arguments against a role for hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP) in mammalian learning and memory. As an alternative, they suggest that LTP is an arousal mechanism. I will argue that this view is not a satisfactory alternative to current conceptions of LTP function.