Studies conducted to verify learning-induced changes anticipated from Hebb's postulate led to the finding of long-term potentiation (LTP). Even though several correlations have been found between behavioural markers of memory retrieval and LTP, it is not known how memories are retrieved using learning-induced changes. In this context, the following non-correlated findings between learning and LTP induction provide constraints for discovering the mechanism: 1) Requirement of high stimulus intensity for LTP induction in contrast to what is expected for a learning mechanism, 2) Delay of at least 20 to 30 s from stimulation to LTP induction, in contrast to mere milliseconds for associative learning, and 3) A sudden drop in peak-potentiated effect (short-term potentiation) that matches with short-lasting changes expected during working memory and occurs only at the time of delayed LTP induction. When memories are viewed as first-person internal sensations, a newly uncovered mechanism provides explanation for the relationship between memory and LTP. This work interconnects large number of findings from the fields of neuroscience and psychology and provides a further verifiable mechanism of learning.
Keywords: Behaviour; First-person property; Internal sensation of memory; LTP; Learning; Long-term potentiation; Memory; Mind; Motor activity.
Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.