chapter  6
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Synaptic plasticity and the neurobiology of memory and forgetting

ByFLAVIA VALTORTA, FABIO BENFENATI

Memory is commonly seen as a positive ability of the individual to improve performance, indispensable for survival and social success. Forgetting, on the other hand, generally has a negative connotation, which is often associated with pathological states and/or aging. This common view is also reflected in our knowledge of the underlying biological processes. While thousands of papers have elucidated the processes of learning and memory from the molecular and cellular level up to the cognitive and psychological level, relatively few data are available on the mechanisms of forgetting.