Thursday, September 19, 2013
More on the Gallistel-King Conjecture
Recall the idea: mental computation involves DNA/RNA manipulations. The idea is that these complex molecules have the structure to support classical computations, as opposed to neural nets, and are ideal candidates for memory storage, again as opposed to nets. The Gallsitel-King conjecture is that brain computations exploit this structure (e.g. here). One place quite ripe for this kind of process is long term memory. There is progressively more evidence that the genome plays an important role in this area (see here). Here are two more reports (here and here) on recent memory research highlighting the role of genes in fixing and extinguishing memories.