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Fixed Engrams and Neural Dynamics

Robins, Sarah (2020) Fixed Engrams and Neural Dynamics. [Preprint]

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The idea that remembering involves an engram, becoming stable and permanent via consolidation, has guided the neuroscience of memory since its inception. The shift to thinking of memory as continuous and dynamic, as part of a trend toward neural dynamics, has challenged this commitment, with some calling for “the demise of the fixed trace” (Nadel 2007) and others urging rejection of the “consolidation dogma” (Silva 2007). Does consideration of neural dynamics offer reasons to reject engram theory? No. I argue that they are compatible. At most, shifting to a dynamic view of neural processes compels revision of the implementational details.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Robins, Sarahskrobins@ku.edu0000-0003-2439-4633
Additional Information: forthcoming in Philosophy of Science, PSA 2018 supplement
Keywords: engram, neural dynamics, consolidation, mechanisms of memory
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Learning and Memory
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Molecular Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Systems Neuroscience
Depositing User: Dr. Sarah Robins
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2020 17:08
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2020 17:08
Item ID: 16816
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Learning and Memory
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Molecular Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Systems Neuroscience
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16816

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