“I had learned from my research in Aplysia that changes in behavior are accompanied by changes in the strengh of the synapses between neurons that produce the behavior. But nothing in my research revealed how short-term memory is tranformed in long-term memory.
Indeed, nothing was known about the cellular mechanism of long-term memory.
The basis for my early research in learning and memory was the learning paradigm used by behaviorists. The behaviorists focused primarily on how knowledge was acquired and stored in short-term memory. Long-term memory did not particularly interest them.
The interest in long-term memory came from studies of human memory by the forerruners of cognitive psycology.”
Erik Kandel, In the Search for Memory