Biological and Psychological Basis of Learning Research Paper by jlatigue

Biological and Psychological Basis of Learning
A discussion of the relationship between learning and memory.
# 119953 | 1,211 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on May 30, 2010 in Psychology (Physiological) , Psychology (General) , Aging (General)

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This paper examines the relationship betwee learning and memory, and the biological processes involved between the two. First, the paper describes a discovery based on research done on how the brain processes information. This is followed by an in-depth discussion of the different types of memory. Finally, the effect of aging on the brain is described, with the author emphasizing the importance of stimulating the brain to keep it active in later life. The paper concludes by reiterating the significance of memory on learning at any stage of life.

Biological and Psychological Basis of Learning
Neuroanatomy Related to Learning and Memory
Learning and Memory
Lifelong Learning and Brain Stimulation

From the Paper:

"In humans, there is evidence that the hippocampus contains cognitive maps. Single-cell recordings were taken from electrodes implanted in a rat's hippocampus, and it was found that certain neurons responded strongly only when the rat was in certain locations in one study. Collections of these cells can be considered to be mental maps. These cells are called place cells. The patterns of activation of these cells overlap to form layered mental maps within the hippocampus. However, individual place cells do not only respond to one unique area only. A good analogy is the example of the same television or computer screen pixels being used to light up any trillions of possible combinations to produce images, just as the place cells can be used in any multiple possible combinations to represent mental maps."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baddeley, A. D. (1999). Essentials of Human Memory. East Sussex, UK: Psychology Press LTD.
  • Lowery, L. F. (1990). The Catalyst: The Biological Basis of Thinking and Learning. University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved from
  • Miller, G.A. (1956). The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information. Retrieved From
  • Nordstrom, N. M. (2009). The Importance of Lifelong Learning. Baby Boomer Knowledge Center. Retrieved from
  • Peterson, L.R. (1959). "Short-Term Retention of Individual Verbal Items". Journal of Experimental Psychology 58: 193-198

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