ERIC KANDEL is a¬†psychiatrist, neuroscientist and professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Columbia University. Recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize for his research of the physiological basis of memory. In The Shallows he’s named in page 27, about the study of a slug’s gill.

This postcard talks about memory storage. Eric Kandel. Postcard about memory storage.

It occurs on certain areas of the brain, but it also happens that our experience and learning affect its physical configuration and the connections of the neurons (synapses). This way, when you learn to do something that eventually will be executed unconsciously, the brain changes to do it that way. The movements will be automatic, and the brain develops that area. Of course, if you feel pleasure, if you enjoy that effort of learning, the change will be bigger. Also, different forms of learning give rise to different forms of memory.