Coordination of multiple memory systems

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On the basis of lesions of different brain areas, several neural systems appear to be important for processing information regarding different types of learning and memory. This paper examines the development of pharmacological and neurochemical approaches to multiple memory systems from past studies of modulation of memory formation. The findings suggest that peripheral neuroendocrine mechanisms that regulate memory processing may target their actions toward those neural systems most engaged in the processing of learning and memory. In addition, measurements of acetylcholine release in different memory systems reveals extensive interactions between memory systems, some cooperative and some competitive. These results imply that many neural systems, often characterized as relatively independent, may in fact interact extensively, blurring the dependencies of different memory tasks on specific neural systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-242
Number of pages13
JournalNeurobiology of Learning and Memory
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Acetylcholine
  • Amygdala
  • Conditioned cue preference learning
  • Hippocampus
  • Interactions
  • Memory systems
  • Place learning
  • Response learning
  • Spatial learning
  • Strategy selection
  • Striatum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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