Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Open Peer Commentary
Quartz & Sejnowski: Cognitive development

Preconceptions and prerequisites: Understanding the function of synaptic plasticity will also depend on a better systems-level understanding of the multiple types of memory


Richard G. M. Morris a1
a1 Centre for Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh Medical School, Edinburgh EH8 9LE Scotland r.g.m.morris@ed.ac.uk

Abstract

Although it is not their fault, Shors & Matzel's attempt to review the LTP and learning hypothesis suffers from there being no clear published statement of the idea. Their summary of relevant evidence is not without error, however, and it oversimplifies fundamental issues relating to NMDA receptor function. Their attentional hypothesis is intriguing but requires a better systems-level understanding of how attention contributes to cognitive function.



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