What is consolidation? What happens physiologically during consolidation?
The process of taking short term memories and making them long term memories is called CONSOLIDATION. Consolidation includes: newly synthesized mRNA is delivered to axons and dendrites, dendritic spines change in shape, unique extracellular proteins are deposited in the synapses engaged in LTM, presynaptic terminals increase in size and number, and more neurotransmitters are released. Consolidation occurs in the temporal lobe of the brain, particularly in the hippocampus and amygdala.