Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Garth J. Thomas, Physiological Psychologist: An Appraisal of His Contributions to Memory Research
Authors: Tzouma, Anny
Triarhou, Lazaros C
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Medical and Health sciences::Basic medicine
FRASCATI::Natural sciences::Biological sciences
Keywords: Behavioral analysis
Delayed alternation
Dispositional and representational memory
Hippocampal and related structures
Learning and memory
Issue Date: May-2018
Source: Annals of neurosciences
Volume: 24
Issue: 4
First Page: 201
Last Page: 206
Abstract: This note is a tribute to Garth J. Thomas (1916-2008), late Professor of Brain Research at the University of Rochester, New York. Thomas was an influential psychologist, albeit for his research in learning and memory, as much as for his work as editor of the Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology. In his studies, he combined experimental lesions with behavioral analyses. He introduced the terms "dispositional" and "representational" to describe the 2 different types of memory function, and emphasized that memory must be studied not only through behavioristic psychology, but also in a molecular and physiological context. Through his experimentation in rodents, Thomas concluded that distinct neural mechanisms underpin dispositional and representational memory. Prompted by Thomas' remarks on the future evolution of research techniques, we touch upon some ideas on the engram and the glial theory in a modern perspective.
ISSN: 0972-7531
Other Identifiers: 10.1159/000479638
Appears in Collections:Department of Educational & Social Policy

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Garth-J-Thomas_AoN_FINAL.pdfFree Access410,38 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.