Theory

I'll admit it -- I like theory. Most of my research is driven by cognitive map theory, developed in the 1970s with John O'Keefe, on 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.

 

 

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Samsonovich, A. & Nadel, L. The conscious self: Fundamental principles and mechanisms (Cortex, in press).


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 L. Nadel (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, 2002.


Nadel, L. & Moscovitch, M. Hippocampal contribution to cortical plasticity. Neuropharmacology, 37: 431-440, 1998.


Jacobs, W.J. & Nadel, L. Neurobiology of reconstructed memory. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 4: 1110-1134, 1998.


Nadel, L. and Moscovitch, M. Consolidation, retrograde amnesia and the hippocampal formation. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 7: 217-227, 1997.


Nadel, L. Multiple Memory Systems: What and Why. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 4: 179-188, 1992.


Nadel, L. The hippocampus and space revisited. Hippocampus 1: 221-229, 1991.


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.


Jacobs, W.J. and Nadel, L. Stress-induced recovery of fears and phobias. Psychological Review 92: 512-531, 1985.


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 Associates, 1984.


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, 1979.

O’Keefe, J. and Nadel, L. The hippocampus as a cognitive map. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1978.


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 Festschrift for J.Z. Young. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1974.