The Role of Consolidation in Memory

  • Anne Geller
  • Murray E. Jarvik


The theory of memory consolidation in its most basic form holds that there is a finite interval between the reception of a learning experience and its permanent storage. During this time the memory trace is held in a short term, impermanent system and is susceptible to disruption. Permanent or long term memory trace formation might occur through the short term system or be initiated independently. The evidence supporting a short term memory system has been obtained largely from studies using ECS in humans and experimental animals, that for a long term system from the effects, in animals, of inhibitors of RNA and protein synthesis. The purpose of this paper is to emphasize the hypothetical nature of these assumptions and to reexamine them in the light of some of the psychological variables involved.


Passive Avoidance Retrograde Amnesia Electroconvulsive Shock Punishment Condition Amnesic Effect 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne Geller
    • 1
  • Murray E. Jarvik
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and PharmacologyAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA

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