The Handbook of Cognition provides a definitive synthesis of the most up-to-date and advanced work in cognitive psychology in a single volume. The editors have gathered together a team of world-leading researchers in specialist areas of the field, both traditional and `hot' new areas, to present a benchmark - in terms of theoretical insight and advances in methodology - of the discipline. This book contains a thorough overview of the most significant and current research in cognitive psychology that will serve this academic community like no other volume.
Chapter 16: Cognitive Neuropsychology of Learning and Memory
The study of learning and memory is an area of high convergence between neuroscience and cognitive science. How the brain acquires, stores and later retrieves information are among the most fundamental questions in neuroscience. Learning is ubiquitous in the animal kingdom, and we have gained a great deal of knowledge about brain learning mechanisms through the study of animal models (see Squire, 1992, for a review). These studies have provided information about the neural substrates of learning and memory, and it appears that the circuitry devoted to learning and memory in monkeys, rats and mice is quite similar to that found in the human brain. The extensive study of human learning and memory ...