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 [email protected]


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.