Embarrassed, but not depressed: eye opening lessons for cerebellar learning

Neuron. 2002 Jul 18;35(2):223-6. doi: 10.1016/s0896-6273(02)00771-7.


Cellular mechanisms of plasticity must be linked to circuit mechanisms of behavior to understand learning and memory. Studies of how learning occurs in cerebellar circuits for classical conditioning of eyeblinks are meeting this challenge admirably. Several recent papers have added to the richness of our understanding of cerebellar learning by correlating complex aspects of learned behaviors with hitherto underappreciated properties of the cerebellar circuit.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cerebellum / cytology
  • Cerebellum / physiology*
  • Conditioning, Eyelid / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Learning / physiology*
  • Models, Neurological
  • Nerve Net / cytology
  • Nerve Net / physiology*
  • Neural Pathways / cytology
  • Neural Pathways / physiology*
  • Neuronal Plasticity / physiology*
  • Neurons / cytology
  • Neurons / physiology*