A Neuro-Operant Analysis of Mnemonic Recognition
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Historically, the fields of operant selection and recognition memory have not interacted substantially with one another. However, both deal with how behavioral repertoires change over time as a function of environmental stimulation. In this article, we propose neuro-operant interpretations of behavioral phenomena occurring in recognition memory procedures based on (a) the ability to discriminate changes in the strength of responses caused by environmental stimulation and (b) the occasioning of supplementary responses by current stimulation. A neuro-operant interpretation of mnemonic behavior may further the understanding of the phenomena in place and simplify the current taxonomy of learning and memory.
KeywordsHippocampus Mnemonic behavior Operant selection Perirhinal cortex Priming Repertoire
Daniele Ortu is funded by the Beatrice H. Barrett Research Endowment.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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