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James Olds olds at helix
Thu Nov 17 09:03:08 EST 1994


Dick Burger (burger at sphinx.ece.wisc.edu) wrote:
: Interesting article in the NY Times Science section this week.   Apparently 
: chicadee birds grow additional cells in the hippocampus during the fall when 
: they are hiding food for winter storage, the theory being that they need
: additional memory to remember the numerous places where they stash the 
: goodies.   
: Since new neurons are created rather than just making more synapsis, the 
: study suggests that the neuron rather than the synapse might be the basic 
: unit of memory.   

: DB
 I disagree for many reasons which I'd be happy to address with you via
 e-mail, but the new neurons themselves represent many new synapse combina-
 tions, no? And I think that's the key point that you're missing.
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