This book is for students and researchers who have a specific interest in learning and memory and want to understand how computational models can be integrated into experimental research on the hippocampus and learning. It emphasizes the function of brain structures as they give rise to behavior, rather than the molecular or neuronal details. It also emphasizes the process of modeling, rather than the mathematical details of the models themselves.
The book is divided into two parts. The first part provides a tutorial introduction to topics in neuroscience, the psychology of learning and memory, and the theory of neural network models. The second part, the core of the book, reviews computational models of how the hippocampus cooperates with other brain structures—including the entorhinal cortex, basal forebrain, cerebellum, and primary sensory and motor cortices—to support learning and memory in both animals and humans. The book assumes no prior knowledge of computational modeling or mathematics. For those who wish to delve more deeply into the formal details of the models, there are optional "mathboxes" and appendices. The book also includes extensive references and suggestions for further readings.
About the Authors
Mark A. Gluck is Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Rutgers University-Newark.
Catherine E. Myers is Research Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University-Newark.
"Gateway to Memory is a valuable addition to the introductory textsdescribing neural network models of learning and memory. The early chapterspresent abstract models of brain and learning in an intuitively appealingstyle that is accessible to lay readers as well as advanced students ofnetwork modeling. Later chapters, relevant to experts as well as novices,advance cutting-edge ideas and models that are tested closely byexperimental results on learning. A particular virtue is the closeinterchange the authors maintain throughout between predictions ofcompeting models and experimental results from animal and human learning."
—Gordon H. Bower, Department of Psychology, Stanford University
"If you purchase only one book at the turn of the new millenium to teachyou about the latest computational models of memory and amnesia, let it beGateway to Memory. Gluck and Myers display their extraordinary ability tosimplify difficult concepts so that a broad readership can appreciate thebreadth and depth of the rapid advances in the cognitive neuroscience ofmemory being made by the best and brightest of computational modelers."
—Jordan Grafman, Ph.D., Chief, Cognitive Neuroscience Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
"This book is a very user-friendly introduction to the world of computermodels of the brain, with an emphasis on how the hippocampus and associatedareas mediate memory. The authors take the time to explain in detail therationale for making models of the brain, and then use their own work, aswell as related neurobiological and computational research, to illustratethe emerging successes of this approach to understanding brain function."
—Howard Eichenbaum, Laboratory of Cognitive Neurobiology, UniversityProfessor and Professor of Psychology, Boston University
"This delectable book lays out Gluck and Meyers' comprehensive theoryof hippocampal function in easily digestible steps. Readerswithout a computational modeling background will find it accessible and intriguing. Practicing modelers will be inspired."
—David S. Touretzky, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Carnegie Mellon University
"Gateway to Memory is an exciting and badly needed text that integratescomputational and neurobiological approaches to memory. Authoritative and clearly written, this book will be valuable for students and researchers alike."
—Daniel L. Schacter, Professor and Chair of Psychology, HarvardUniversity, and author of Searching for Memory