The Temporal Structure of Memory Formation

  • R. J. Andrew


In both chick and rat, retrieval shifts during memory formation between different phases of memory, of which “short-term,” “intermediate,” and “long-term” memory (STM, ITM, LTM) are the most clearly established. Two types of relationship between phases have been suggested: (1) sequential dependence, where each new phase is formed from the preceding one; (2) parallel routes, where precursors to each phase are set up independently soon after learning, each route being revealed as a phase of memory when retrieval shifts to it. However, a third model of memory formation, parallel routes that interact at certain points of time, may best fit the data.


Left Hemisphere Temporal Structure Memory Formation Ethacrynic Acid Retrieval Mechanism 
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  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of SussexBrightonEngland

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