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Memory and Optogenetic Intervention: Separating the Engram from the Ecphory

Robins, Sarah (2018) Memory and Optogenetic Intervention: Separating the Engram from the Ecphory. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Optogenetics makes possible the control of neural activity with light. In this paper, I explore how the development of this experimental tool has brought about methodological and theoretical advances in the neurobiological study of memory. I begin with Semon's (1921) distinction between the engram and the ecphory, explaining how these concepts present a methodological challenge to investigating memory. Optogenetics provides a way to intervene into the engram without the ecphory that, in turn, opens up new means for testing theories of memory error. I focus on a series of experiments where optogenetics is used to study false memory and forgetting.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Robins, Sarahskrobins@ku.edu
Keywords: memory, engram, optogenetics, Richard Semon
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr. Sarah Robins
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2018 22:27
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2018 22:27
Item ID: 14341
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 30 January 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14341

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