Humans (and animals) are able to learn (remembering events or skills) and to forget. This ability of the brain has been a subject of interest for neuroscientists, psychologists and philosophers for many decades. Already 387 B.C. Plato describes that the brain is the seat of the mental process. In 1664 Thomas Willis publishes Cerebri anatome (in Latin) and in 1681 he coins the term Neurology. With the use of a silvernitrate staining method developed by Camillo Golgi in 1873, Santiago Ramon y Cajal described that neurons are independent elements. He proposed that memories might be formed by strengthening the connections between existing neurons to improve the effectiveness of their communication. Both Camillo Golgi and Santiago Ramon y Cajal received a Nobel prize in 1906 for their contribution to the field.

nervous systems, neurology, neuroscience, proteins
C.I. de Zeeuw (Chris)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Zeeuw, Prof. Dr. C.I. de (promotor)
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

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