How We Construct and Lose Our Memories

Background: We will open up the question of whether memory is a faithful record and show how our patchwork memories serve us better than a mental museum.

Address the following questions in discussion in one paragraph for each of the three question items: (Total words should be 300 minimum, with two cited references)


1. How memories formed at the following levels:

  1. Molecular: What is long-term potentiation (LTP)?
  2. Cellular: How is the hippocampus important for memory?
  3. System: How widely are memories distributed in the brain?

2. How would you distinguish amnesia from normal forgetting? When would you call an absent-minded person amnesic?

3. What’s better: A memory that records objectively and accurately, or a memory that can be updated to support newer levels of understanding?


Learning and Memory: Basic Distinction 1

Basic Distinction 2

Neural Mechanisms