Alcino J. Silva, Joseph E. LeDoux, Lynn Nadel, Susan J. Sara

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This part presents four chapters on the concept of consolidation. The first chapter presents a personal view of memory consolidation that illustrates the growing ambivalence towards this enormously influential idea. The second focuses on molecular consolidation and its implications for what memory is at the biological level. The third argues that the notion of a fixed memory trace, and its strengthening during consolidation, stands as a barrier to further progress in understanding the nature and underlying bases of memory. The fourth chapter presents a synthesis of the chapters in this part.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationScience of Memory
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199865321
ISBN (Print)9780195310443
StatePublished - May 10 2007


  • Biological level
  • Fixed memory trace
  • Memory consolidation
  • Molecular consolidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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