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


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.