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Richard F. Thompson dies at 84; USC scientist traced physical aspects of memory
Richard F. Thompson dies at 84; USC scientist traced physical aspects of memory

More than a century ago, Ivan Pavlov showed he could make trained dogs salivate when they heard a bell, invoking the memory of food. But it wasn't until the 1980s that USC neuroscientist Richard F. Thompson cracked the mystery of how those types of memories are physically formed and "hard-wired" into the brain. It was a landmark discovery that was controversial at the time, but over the next 20 years Thompson's work in tracing the physical aspects of memory became widely accepted. "We talk about exploring outer space," Larry Squire, professor of neuroscience and psychology at UC San Diego, said in an interview with The Times. "Dick Thompson explored...

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