Stray-thoughts about LT and ST memory.

Brian zhil at online.no
Fri Sep 21 13:19:04 EST 2001

I thank John for the article about the CaMKIV's role in consolidating
And I also think I was on a wild goose-chase after a dendrite that didn't
look quite 'right'..........
The reason that I was looking beyound the synapses as the main
memory-storage was that memories are 3D, it includes not only vision (which
is quite demanding), but also from other senses (like smell, audial and
It seems quite incomprehensible that our brain (with it's finite weight and
dimensions) are capable of storing such vast arays of data, while it is
quite easy to etch memories on a plate of silicon in binary one's and
Bear with me, but I don't think we have reached our goal to find the holy
It's just to simplistic.


"yan king yin" <y.k.y@(no spam please)lycos.com> skrev i melding
news:9o2vvb$ecl6 at imsp212.netvigator.com...
> Hi Brian,
> If I understand you correctly, you're saying that synaptic
> strength causes change in neurite morphology. I was also
> thinking that this is the basis of memory. But there is a
> problem with this view. Memory can be stored as the
> "weights" (synaptic efficacies) inside a neural network,
> which does not require creation / elimination of synapses.
> I think most neuroscientists hold this view. I somehow
> overlooked this when i thought that memory must involve
> new synapse formation, but that is not true.
> I could not find references about extensive neurite change
> in the adult brain; that may be why memory is probably
> stored as synaptic efficacies.
> There is also some sense that the hippocampus is involved
> in the processing of memory, but itself does not store it.
> LTP (long-term potentiation) occurs predominantly in the
> hippocampus, and therefore it makes sense that memory
> is first stored in it. But later new memory would tend to
> "overwrite" old ones so there need to be some place to
> store them. But all this is on the assumption that LTP is
> how memory is written.
> Im still thinking on it. Hope to hear others comments as
> well.

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