Feb 9, 2004

synaptical memories
....leafing thru Pierluigi's Joseph Ledoux's book who says different memories come from different parts of the brain because different emotions make them.
And he also says that every memory has a function. And so what if I forget?
LeDoux Lab ---Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux seeks a biological rather than psychological understanding of our emotions. He explores the differences between emotional memories (implicit--unconscious--memories) processed in pathways that take information into the amygdala, and memories of emotion (explicit--conscious--memories) processed at the level of the hippocampus and neocortex ---LeDoux focuses on a strong scientific approach, at the expense of 'intuitive' beliefs. Emotions are viewed as biological functions of the nervous system, particularly the brain itself. In underscoring the importance of the brain in relation to various psychological theories of emotion, he notes, "there are many possible solutions to the puzzle of how emotions might work, but the only one we really care about is the one that evolution hit upon and put into the brain." -----NEUROSCIEnCE FOR KIDS--Love is a many-moleculed thing ---LeDoux uses the term emotional processing to refer to the way our brains enable us to stay alive, remain healthy, find food, and suitable mates. He suggests that there must be circuits locate between input and output systems that translate environmental information into specific responses when certain kinds of stimuli occur.---

"My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery-- always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?"
Virginia Woolf


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