Modulation of Synaptic Plasticity: A Theoretical Approach

  • Rolando Lara


The study of the processing of information during learning and memory has been approached from different points of view: behaviorally (25,26,38,42), theoretically (1,2,12,21,26,37,41) and physiologically (6,22,23,24,27,28,35,49). It has been difficult, however, to relate the results obtained by these different approaches. For this reason, the study of simple processes such as habituation, which has been extensively studied in vertebrates and invertebrates behaviorally (15,16,17,26,38,43,44,45,52,53), physiologically (10,13,14,22,23 24,27,28,49,50,51,54,55,57), and theoretically (1,13,14,16,17,43, 44,45,46,52,53), provides the possibility of analyzing the complex processing of information and establishing similarities and differences in the mechanisms. We will briefly review the relevant points in both the behavioral and the physiological studies of habituation, indicating their similarities and differences, and possible ways to relate them.


Synaptic Plasticity Transmitter Release Presynaptic Inhibition Threatening Stimulus Behavioral Habituation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rolando Lara
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Systems NeuroscienceUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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