I'll admit it -- I like theory. Most
of my research is driven by cognitive map theory, developed in the
foundations laid by Tolman and Hebb, amongst others. Over the years
I have published a number of theoretical papers, often well ahead of
any supporting data. Some of these papers are available as pdfs below.
Samsonovich, A. & Nadel, L. The
conscious self: Fundamental principles and mechanisms (Cortex,
Payne, J.D. and Nadel, L. Sleep, dreams and memory consolidation: The
role of the stress hormone cortisol. Learning
and Memory, 11: 671-678, 2004.
Nadel, L. & Piatelli-Palmarini, M. What is cognitive science? In
(Ed) Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, pp. xiii – xli,
London, Macmillan, 2003.
Payne, J.D., Nadel, L., Britton, W.B. & Jacobs, W.J. The Biopsychology
of Trauma and Memory in Humans, in Reisberg,
D. & Hertel, P. (Eds.),
Memory and Emotion, N.Y.: pp. 76-128, Oxford University Press, 2003.
Nadel, L. & Payne, J.D. The hippocampus, wayfinding, and episodic
memory. In P. Sharp (Ed). The neural basis of navigation: Evidence
from single cell recording. pp. 235-247. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers,
Nadel, L. & Moscovitch, M. Hippocampal contribution to cortical
37: 431-440, 1998.
Nadel, L. Multiple Memory Systems: What and Why. Journal of Cognitive
Neuroscience 4: 179-188, 1992.
Nadel, L., Willner, J. and Kurz, E.M. The neurobiology of mental representation.
In M. Brand and R.M. Harnish (Eds.) The representation of knowledge
and belief. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 1986.
Nadel, L. and Zola-Morgan, S. Infantile amnesia: a neurobiological
perspective. In M. Moscovitch (Ed.) Infant memory. Pp. 145-172, New
York: Plenum Press, 1984.
Nadel, L. and Wexler, K. Neurobiology, representations and memory.
In G. Lynch, J.L. McGaugh and N. Weinberger (Eds.) The neurobiology
of learning and memory. New York: The Guilford Press, 1984.
Squire, L.R., Cohen, N.J. and Nadel, L. The medial temporal region
and memory consolidation: a new hypothesis. In H. Weingartner and E.
Parker (Eds.) Memory consolidation. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum
Nadel, L. and Willner, J. Context and conditioning: a place for space.
Physiological Psychology 8: 218-228, 1980.
O’Keefe, J. and Nadel, L. Précis of O’Keefe and
Nadel’s The hippocampus as a cognitive map, and Author’s
Response to Commentaries. The Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2: 487-534,
Nadel, L. and O’Keefe, J. The hippocampus in pieces and patches:
an essay on modes of explanation in physiological psychology. In
R. Bellairs and E.G. Gray (Eds.) Essays on the nervous system. A
for J.Z. Young. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1974.